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Phlox bifida (Sand Phlox)

Sand Phlox, Cleft-Petalled Phlox, Bifid Phlox


Phlox bifida (Sand Phlox) is a low-growing perennial forming a charming mat of small, linear, lance-shaped, bright green leaves, 2 in. long (5 cm). In mid spring to early summer, a profusion of slightly fragrant, lavender to white, snowflake-like flowers with deeply cleft lobes are on display. They attract butterflies and moths. Unlike many species of phlox, Sand Phlox is noted for having excellent resistance to powdery mildew and root rot.

  • Grows only 3-6 in. tall (7-15 cm) and 6-12 in. wide (15-30 cm). Will self-seed where happy and spread to form large colonies over time, creating a beautiful flower carpet.
  • Performs best in full sun in dry to medium, well-drained soils. Tolerates light shade and poor soils. This plant is drought tolerant once established.
  • Excellent choice for beds and borders, rock gardens, naturalized areas, and cottage gardens.
  • Hardy, Phlox bifida is deer resistant and attracts butterflies.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Native from Michigan to Iowa south to Kentucky, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Phlox
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 3" – 6" (7cm – 15cm)
Spread 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin, Southeast, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Phlox
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 3" – 6" (7cm – 15cm)
Spread 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin, Southeast, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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