Although you may not care as much about the details as I do, I doubt anyone will mind seeing more pretty flower pictures.
This is another one from the Cane Creek Canyon Preserve. That area has quite a few rare plants. Probably lots of you know phlox from your garden. There's also a common wild phlox that is about a foot high or a little taller. It's usually a purplish-blue color.
This one is even shorter, and these flowers are more magenta, although all the phlox range through the pink to blue colors. It's Hairy Phlox, Phlox amoena, and the key feature is the bracts are hairy but the calyx is not. I didn't get a picture that really shows that, since I didn't know what to look for.
This grows only in specialized locales, with basic chemistry. In this case, they are growing in damp soil over a limestone base. In Alabama, that's known as a "glade." This species doesn't grow north of the Ohio River.
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