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|Habitat||Bloom Period||Color||Height Inches||Moisture||Plant Spacing||Lifespan|
|part shade to Shade||April and May||Rose - Lavender or violet/Blue||9 to 12 Inches||Average to Moist||12 Inches||Perennial|
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Phlox divaricata, Wild Blue Phlox, Woodland Phlox, Wild Sweet William
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divaricata Woodland Phlox
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Phlox divaricata is known by several common names including Woodland Phlox, Wild Blue Phlox, and Wild Sweet William. Woodland Wild Blue Phlox is one of our favorite spring flowers often found along streams and in open woods. Phlox divaricata forms clumps 12 inches tall covered with delicate 1.5 inch rosy-lavender to soft pink flowers. Phlox divaricata is a favorite in the wild garden due to its attractive flowers in early spring that require little or no maintenance. Woodland Phlox (Wild Sweet William) is spectacular as a mass in an open woodland, perfect for the border of a shade garden, or naturalized in sweeps at the base of large trees. Phlox divaricata prefers moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil and high open shade and accepts sunny conditions with moisture but will go dormant in drought conditions.
Wild Phlox divaricata Woodland Phlox can be used as an showy ground cover that will naturalize and has attractive fragrant flowers attracting butterflies and hummingbirds.
Plant Woodland Phlox in rich, moist, organic soils with other native woodland wildflowers like Columbine Green Dragon American Spikenard Jack-in-the-pulpit Goat's Beard Wild Ginger Wild Geranium Virginia Bluebells Jacob's Ladder Bloodroot Celandine Poppy Woodland Spiderwort Purple Trillium White Trillium Blue Cohosh Black Cohosh Shooting Star Ginseng Christmas Fern Dutchman's Breeches
Plant in rock gardens, border fronts, wild gardens, native plant gardens or naturalized areas or use as an effective, shallow-rooted cover for early spring bulbs.
Wild Phlox divaricata
Woodland Phlox does best in humusy, medium wet, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade.
A light summer mulch which helps retain moisture and keep roots cool.
Woodland phlox is a spreading, native wildflower which forms mats of foliage with stems typically reaching 12-15" tall. As the common name suggests, this is a woodland species which occurs in rich woods, fields and along streams. Loose clusters of slightly fragrant, tubular, lilac to rose to blue flowers (to 1.5" wide) with five, flat, notched, petal-like lobes that appear at the stem tips in spring. Stems are both hairy and sticky. Lance-shaped to elliptic leaves (to 2" long). Wild Phlox divaricata Woodland Phlox can form large colonies over time as leafy shoots spread along the ground rooting at the nodes.
Powdery mildew can be a serious problem. Cutting back stems after flowering helps combat mildew. Spider mites can also be a problem, particularly in hot, dry conditions. Rabbits like to nibble on Phlox plants.
Native Wild Phlox divaricata is a shade loving plant occurring in rich or rocky open woods from Maine to South Dakota and Manitoba, south to Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Zones (Polemoniaceae family)
The map below shows areas where native Wild Phlox divaricata (Woodland Phlox, Wild Sweet William) plants grow wild but it can be planted and will grow over a much wider area than shown. USDA plant hardiness zones 3 to 8.
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Phlox divaricata, Wild
Woodland Phlox, Wild Sweet William plant distribution map
complements of USDA, NRCS. 2001. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.1
(http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.