Phlox - Flowering Native Perennial
Garden Wildflowers - Wild Blue Phlox and Downy Phlox
Phlox divaricata and P. pilosa are two of the lovely flowering perennials that are native to the southern United States. Both will burst into glorious, sweet smelling blooms in spring. Butterflies and other pollinators are attracted to the blooms which come in shades of light pink to purplish blue.
The native phlox in my garden has spread through the years forming a flowering ground cover. It comes back each year, so I do not have to replant which cuts down on cost and maintenance time. The clusters of colorful blooms can be used as cut flowers in arrangements. Phlox is another of the beautiful native flowering perennials that should be in every southern garden.
Native Phlox is a beautiful and easy to grow flowering perennial.
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Blue Phlox, Louisiana Phlox, Wild Sweet William, Phlox divaricata - Phlox divaricata comes in colors ranging from pinkish blue to purplish blue. It grows in sun but prefers part shade. In sun it needs moist well drained soil. Phlox divaricata will go dormant during intensive summer heat, so it is a good idea to mark them well. In spring the plants appear and are soon covered with sweet smelling flowers which attract butterflies and other pollinators.
It is found growing wild in the forests, bluffs, calcium carbonate hammocks and fields of the southeast and northeast.
They bloom from February to May in the southeast.
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Downy Phlox, Phlox pilosa - Phlox pilosa is a small plant growing between 8 and 24 inches in height. Downy Phlox prefers rich or poor, sandy acid soil and can be found growing in dry open woods as well as thickets and prairies. It is drought resistant.
The clusters of white to pink and purple flowers bloom from April to July in the southeast.
Phlox - A Natural History and Gardener's Guide
A thorough book which tells all about the history and growing of different species of Phlox.
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How to Propagate Phlox
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Phlox divaricata can be propagated by planting fresh seed, by root division in fall or winter and also by layering and cuttings.
Phlox pilosa can be propagated by root division, root cuttings, stem cuttings and also by planting seeds.
Best Native Plants for Southern Gardens Book
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Phlox divaricata (Wild Blue Phlox) Video
East Gulf Coastal Plain Wildflowers
One of the best wildflower identification guides for the Gulf coastal plain region. It is organized according to flower color so that even the novice can successfully identify wildflowers. The pictures and descriptions are excellent.
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Links to More Louisiana Native Wildflowers
- Native Cardinal Flower and Other Lobelias
Native Lobelias including Cardinal flower, great blue and pale Lobelias are colorful additions to late summer and fall gardens. Here you will find photos and information about these perennial plants.
- Indian Pink, Perennial Wildflower
Beautiful native Indian pink deserves a place in any garden. It attracts hummingbirds and other pollinators and is a joy to behold.
- 15 Easy to Grow Southern Wildflowers
This page features 15 native perennial flowering plants complete with photographs of and information plus links to more about each. These beauties will thrive in the hot, humid South.
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