Spotlight on: Phlox divaricata

Common Names:  Woodland Phlox, Wild Sweet William
Zones: 3 to 8
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
Sun:  Part shade to full shade
Water:  Medium
Bloom Time:  April - May
Height:  8-15 inches (20-38 centimeters)
Wildlife:  Attracts butterflies & hummingbirds

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). Can form large colonies over time as leafy shoots spread  along the ground rooting at the nodes.

Source:  Missouri Botanical Gardens

Christian Goers