Showy phlox is a low, half-sprawling phlox, tending to become shrubby toward its base. Its leaves are narrow and leathery, and though this perennial is not particularly attractive out of flower, it is very showy in bloom. The flowers have pink, shallowly notched petals.
Pine woods and sagebrush plains; rocky hillsides; wooded slopes.
Fresno and Sonoma Counties, California, north to southern British Columbia and irregularly east to western Montana.