Saturday, June 8, 2013

Phlox in the Spring


Phlox are hardy and erect, tufted perennials, or occasionally half-hardy annual herbs. Phlox is native to North America and Asia. They belong to the family, Polemoniaceae. The flower colors of phlox include red, pink, blue, buff, and white, and are usually very showy.

Louisiana Phlox first appears in March in zone 7b-8a and continues producing showy flowers into June. The flowers attract a diverse group of  visitors. Possibly Clearwing moth(Hemaris) or white-lined spinx moth (Hyles lineata) sipping nectar.

Variegated euonymus and tall bearded iris form a backdrop to this carpet of purple in my garden.

This phlox was sold as Louisiana phlox, (Phlox divaricata L.)
It has a lilac fragrance and attracts butterflies.
A similar phlox is Fragrant phlox, Phlox pilosa L.
Show:  March-April

Habit and Cultural Information
Skill Level: Average
Category: Perennial
Family: Polemoniaceae (Jacob's-ladder or phlox family)
Origin/Native: America and Asia
Flower Color: Lilac
Bloomtime: Early through late spring
Habit: Forb/herb
Height: 1 foot
Width: 2"
Exposure: Full Sun to part shade
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Water: Medium
Hardiness: Hardy
Soil type: Organic loam
Propagation: Seed, and easily transplanted
Time to plant: March to April
Companion Plants: Iris, purple coneflower

Family | Polemoniaceae


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