Native to eastern North America, Phlox divaricata (Woodland Phlox) is a semi-evergreen, spreading wildflower which creates mats of abundant, open clusters of slightly fragrant flowers in mid to late spring. Each scented, saucer-shaped flower features five, flat, notched, petal-like lobes in shades of lilac, rose or blue. Borne at the tip of hairy and sticky stems, they rise enthusiastically above the lance-shaped foliage.
- A creeping perennial, Phlox divaricata grows only 9-12 in. tall and wide (22-30 cm) and can form large colonies over time, creating a beautiful flower carpet.
- Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
- Prefers part shade and enjoys humusy, moist, well-drained soils. Tolerates clay soils and dry soils. This plant is drought tolerant once established.
- Excellent choice for beds and borders, rock gardens, naturalized areas, and underplanting shrubs and roses.
- Hardy, Phlox divaricata is deer resistant and attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
- Watch out for powdery mildew, spider mites and rabbits. Cutting back stems after flowering helps combat mildew.
- Propagate by division in fall or spring. Propagate by basal cuttings in spring or propagate by root cuttings in early fall or winter.