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Phlox - Flowering Native Perennial

Updated on January 1, 2016
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Yvonne writes about and photographs the flora and fauna of Louisiana, sharing knowledge she learned through study and personal experience.

Fragrant Phlox

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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.

Blue Phlox, P. divaricata on Zazzle

The blue color is one of my favorite.
The blue color is one of my favorite. | Source

Blue Phlox, Louisiana Phlox, Wild Sweet William - Phlox divaricata


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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.

Gardening With Native Plants of the South

This pink phlox multiplies to form a carpet of fragrant blossom in my flower garden.
This pink phlox multiplies to form a carpet of fragrant blossom in my flower garden. | Source


Pink Phlox Divaricata by naturegirl7

Gardening With Native Plants of the South Book

Gardening with Native Plants of the South
Gardening with Native Plants of the South

One of the best books about gardening with native plants in the south. I use my copy all the time.

 

Downy Phlox Print on Zazzle

Downy Phlox grows will in the hills of Northern St. Tammany Parish.
Downy Phlox grows will in the hills of Northern St. Tammany Parish. | Source


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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.

Field of Phlox Poster on Zazzle

This photo of a field of wildflowers was taken along old Hwy. 1 near Natchitoches.
This photo of a field of wildflowers was taken along old Hwy. 1 near Natchitoches. | Source

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

Best Native Plants for Southern Gardens: A Handbook for Gardeners, Homeowners, and Professionals
Best Native Plants for Southern Gardens: A Handbook for Gardeners, Homeowners, and Professionals

A fantastic guide to southern native plants with excellent illustrations and information.

 

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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.

Louisiana Blue Phlox

Some of the shades of blue are almost purple. Louisiana Blue Phlox  © Y.L. Bordelon
Some of the shades of blue are almost purple. Louisiana Blue Phlox © Y.L. Bordelon

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      Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      these are beautiful - angel blessed and it will feature on my bus trip to gardening lens when I get it done.

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      We have them in Sweden too. I love the smell and color

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      I, too, love Phlox! It is such a lovely, delicate flower and relatively easy to care for. Today, on our "back to school" bus tour, I am visiting the garden category and I am leaving you with angel blessings.