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Downy Phlox can reach 60 cm in height. The stems are upright and sometimes branch near the top. Leaves and stems are covered with hairs and the plant is sticky to the touch. Leaves are long and narrow; they can be up to thirteen cm long and one cm wide. The flowers form a cluster at the top of the stem. They have five lobes and are about three cm across. Blooms may be pale pink, lavender, or purple.