Eastern California, Nevada, Colorado and small areas of New Mexico
One or two inches
Open, rocky places, from 8,500 to 14,000 feet
Narrowly lanceolate, around 0.2 inches long, with coarse hairs along the margins
Phlox condensata is found in two main areas, the Sierra Nevada in California and the southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado and New Mexico, together with scattered mountain ranges in Nevada. Plants form dense, cushion-like mats, and inhabit exposed, rocky places at medium to high elevations. Leaves are almost linear; their edges are lined with coarse hairs, while the surfaces are sparsely covered with shorter hairs. Leaf tips terminate in a tiny spine. The undersurfaces of the leaves are crossed by two lengthwise grooves.
Flowers are sessile, and borne singly at the top of the stem. Corollas are white, or (less often) pale pink, with a slender tube and five broad, spreading lobes. The stamens and stigmas are held within the corolla tube. Calyces are glandular hairy.