This recovery strategy has been developed to provide guidance for the recovery of British Columbian populations of showy phlox (Phlox speciosa spp. occidentalis), a vascular plant at risk. Showy phlox is a perennial herb with showy white to pink flowers.
Globally, showy phlox occurs only in western North America, extending from southern British Columbia to California. Within Canada, the plant is known only from three extant populations in the south Okanagan Valley in the southern interior of British Columbia. Canadian habitats for the species have been described as ?dry grasslands, shrublands, and open forests in the steppe and lower montane zones.?
Showy phlox was designated as Threatened by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). It is listed as Threatened in Canada on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA). In British Columbia, the showy phlox is ranked S2 (imperiled) by the Conservation Data Centre and is on the provincial Red list. The B.C. Conservation Framework ranks the showy phlox as a priority 2 under goal 3: maintain the diversity of native species and ecosystems. Recovery is considered to be biologically and technically feasible.
Threats to showy phlox recovery include habitat loss and degradation due to development, recreational activities (ATV use), livestock and ungulate grazing or trampling, fire suppression invasive species and climate change.
The population and distribution goal for showy phlox is to maintain the distribution, and to maintain the abundance of all known extant populations in B.C., as well as any other extant populations that may be identified.
Prepared by the Showy Phlox Recovery Team. 2012. Recovery Strategy for the showy phlox (Phlox speciosa spp. occidentalis) in British Columbia. Province of BC. BC Recovery Strategy (Species at Risk)
Topic: Recovery Planning
Scientific Name: Phlox speciosa ssp. occidentalis
English Name: Showy Phlox
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