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phlox family

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the plant family Polemoniaceae, characterized by herbaceous or sometimes shrubby plants having simple or compound leaves, flowers with a five-lobed corolla, and capsular fruit, and including gilia, Jacob's-ladder, moss pink, and phlox.
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the phlox, or Jacob's ladder, family of plants; there are about 18 genera and some 385 species, mostly in North America but also found in temperate parts of western South America and Eurasia. The family includes many popular garden ornamentals. A few species are woody, but most are herbaceous annuals or perennials.

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