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Phlox divaricata

Wild Blue Phlox, Eastern Blue Phlox, Timber Phlox, Wild Sweet William

Scientific Name:

Phlox divaricata

Genus:

Phlox

Species Epithet:

divaricata

Common Name:

Wild Blue Phlox, Eastern Blue Phlox, Timber Phlox, Wild Sweet William

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Polemoniaceae (Jacob's-Ladder Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Blue, Violet

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

“Moist deciduous forests in circumneutral soils.” Weakley 2015

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

W7: Watch List: Poorly Known in NC (*Key)

Wild Blue Phlox, Phlox divaricata

Rare on the coast, uncommon in the mountains, Wild Blue Phlox is a great early-bloomer for shaded gardens.

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Flower

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Leaves, much loved by rabbits!

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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