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Phlox divaricata - L.

Common Name Wild blue phlox
Family Polemoniaceae
USDA hardiness 4-9
Known Hazards None Known
Habitats Indigenous to rich deciduous woodlands, open moist to slightly dry woods, seasonal floodplains, stream banks and open areas near woodland paths.
Range Eastern North America in Quebec and Ontario, south to Vermont and Florida and west to South Dakota and New Mexico.
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun
Phlox divaricata Wild blue phlox


Phlox divaricata Wild blue phlox

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Phlox divaricata is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

P. divaricata f. divaricata. P. divaricata var. divaricata

Habitats

Edible Uses

None Known

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Soil conditioner  Soil stabilization

A medium density groundcover for shady areas especially with acid soils. Good for woodland gardening. Attractive to butterflies, clearwing moths, and hummingbirds. As a long- lived perennial with fibrous roots it may be good for soil building and erosion control [318-1].

Special Uses

Attracts Wildlife  Food Forest  Ground Cover

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Cultivation details

Herbaceous perennial ephemeral wildflower with showy fragrant flowers. USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 9. Soil pH: 5.5 - 7.1. Growth Rate: Moderate. Life Span: Long-Lived Perennial. Stand Persistence: Medium. Form: Upright. Texture: Fine. Sun: bright shade, partial shade, shade. Soil Type: Loamy, Silty. Soil Moisture: Moderate. Minimum Root Depth: 14 inches (0.3m). Root Type: Fibrous Deep. Seasonal Interest: Spring. Flower Color: Blue, Pink, Purple, White. Flood: Sensitive. Salt: Intolerant. Soil Compaction: Moderate. Mowing: Intolerant. Fire Damage: Intolerant. Cold Injury: Infrequent. Disease Issues: Minor. Insect/Pest Damage: Minor. Bloom Time: Spring - Early Summer. Plants tolerate clay loam, sand, acid or alkaline pH, heat, drought, part sun and dry shade. For polyculture design as well as the above-ground architecture (form - tree, shrub etc. and size shown above) information on the habit and root pattern is also useful and given here if available. The plant growth habit is a clumper with limited spread [1-2]. Evergreen. The root pattern is fibrous dividing into a large number of fine roots [1-2]. Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit

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Propagation

Propagate by division in fall or spring. Propagate by basal cuttings in spring or propagate by root cuttings in early fall or winter.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Wild blue phlox, woodland phlox, wild sweet william

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

USA

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

None Known

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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