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Phlox divaricata (Woodland Phlox)

Woodland Phlox, Wild Sweet William, Blue Phlox


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 humusymoistwell-drained soils. Tolerates clay soils and dry soils. This plant is drought tolerant once established. 
  • Excellent choice for beds and bordersrock gardensnaturalized 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.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Phlox
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 9" – 1' (22cm – 30cm)
Spread 9" – 1' (22cm – 30cm)
Spacing 9" – 12" (22cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
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 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Phlox
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Height 9" – 1' (22cm – 30cm)
Spread 9" – 1' (22cm – 30cm)
Spacing 9" – 12" (22cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
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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