Monday, April 30, 2007

Native Plant Spotlight: Wild Blue Phlox

Uh-oh. I have a new favorite native plant. Not surprisingly, it is blue. I am starting to feel like a one-trick pony. But, as many of you might have picked up, this obsession has been going on for about fifteen years. Alas, it's not going anywhere.

Latin: Phlox divaricata
Annual or perennial: Perennial
Description: 1-1/2" blue flowers with fragrant notched petals.
Growing Conditions: Filtered sun to full shade. Well drained, humus rich, slightly acid soil. Think woodlands.
Growth Habit: 8 - 18" high and spreads 8 - 12"
Bloom Time: Early spring to early summer
Zones: 4 to 8

The North American Native Plant Society offers some sources for native plants - broken down by region!


Lonnie said...

Yup that's a nice one.

There are so many good plants in that Genus...

smc said...

I saw this growing wild in Old Westbury Gardens in the woodland walk..dreamy!

Tracey said...

I planted my two phlox plants this weekend in my new native plant bed. Can't wait to see what happens . . .