Phlox divaricata

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Wild Blue Phlox, Woodland Phlox


Also known as Phlox divaricata var. laphamii

Plant Specifics

Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Blue, lavender
Phenology:Semi-evergreen perennial, blooms late spring to early summer.
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Wildflower garden, typically a shade garden.
Propagation:Seeds, division   Will spread by rhizomes.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Quality nurseries
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Short very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Humus (organic, upland), Loam, Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:Adaptable, in FL often calcareous



Attracts butterflies and bees -- only butterflies and long-tongued bees can reach the nectar but other insects are attracted to the flowers andn may feed on the pollen.  Butterflies are the most effective pollinators.  Phlox is self-incompatible and cross-pollination is required.  

Native Habitats:Rich woods, calcareous hammocks (in FL) but frequently in acid soils elsewhere.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:Range includes most of eastern and central north Ameria west to the prairie region and north into southeastern Canada.  The southern range limit is in the Florida panhandle.