|Soil:||Sand, Loam, Clay|
|Benefits:||Pollinators, Butterflies, Birds, Hummingbirds|
|Zones:||3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
Also known as Wild Sweet William this native woodland phlox blooms for nearly a month in late spring and early summer. The fragrant flowers come in shades of pale lavender to blue, and occasionally pastel pink or white. The delicate tubular flowers with five petal-like lobes are attractive to butterflies, clearwing moths, and hummingbirds.
The blooms are followed by rounded green fruits that eventually dry to seed capsules which split open and release the small black seeds. It does self-sow, but not aggressively, and the unwanted seedlings are easily transplanted. The flowering stems will die back after the plant has produced seed, leaving a mound of dark green foliage to produce and store energy for the development of the following year’s flowering shoots. When not in bloom the plant foliage will tend to blend into surrounding foliage. Special care maybe needed to learn to recognize them and avoid pulling.
Wild Blue Phlox grows best in light to medium shade and rich, moist, well-drained soils, but it is adaptable and tolerates both dry and clay soils. Once established, it is drought tolerant.
Include it in native woodland gardens, naturalized areas, shaded rock gardens or an informal low border. Combine it with Ferns, Sedges, Foamflower and Columbine.