Cool Plant: March 18, 2010
|Species Native Range: Eastern U.S. amp; Canada
|Hardiness: USDA Zones 4-8
|Mature Size: 6-12 inches tall; spreading
|Exposure: Partial to full shade
|Soil: Rich, moist but well-drained
|Drought Tolerance: Excellent
|Ease of Culture: Easy|
Woodland phlox is a native semi-evergreen ground cover for shade. The low-growing foliage is about 3-4 inches high and spreads
fairly quickly to form nice clumps. In spring, 6-12 inch stalks of bluish-lavender, white or multi-colored, five-petaled flowers
appear. The flowers attract a wide variety of butterflies.
Plant woodland phlox in rich organic soil that is moist but well-drained and in partial to full shade. Unlike many other species
of phlox, this plant prefers some shade. In late winter, remove any mulch that may have covered the foliage. This will allow
for better spring growth and blooming. Fertilize, if needed, with an organic slow-release fertilizer as new growth appears.
Woodland phlox is easily transplanted to start clumps in new locations.
Woodland phlox is at home in any woodland or shade garden. Good companion plants include celandine poppy, foam flower,
spring-blooming bulbs, trilliums, azaleas and other shade-loving plants.
I have seen this plant offered at several big box stores in 4-inch pots and 1-gallon containers as well as many retail
For mail order, check out these sources:
Plant Delights Nursery
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