Audubon® Wild Blue Phlox
Shipping Spring of 2022
It’s always a treat to come across a patch of Wild Blue Phlox while on a hike in the woods in spring. The mass of soothing, lavender-blue blossoms, combined with the jasmine-like scent makes you feel like all is right in the world. Why not add this sublime native Spirit to your own shady garden, and enjoy its charms every year? Your backyard butterflies will enjoy it, too. Wild Blue Phlox opens its pretty, notched flowers just as overwintering swallowtail butterflies are emerging from their chrysalises. Black, zebra, and tiger swallowtails may well get their very first sip of nectar from your patch of Phlox.
May Benefit & Attract: cardinals & grosbeaks, wrens, sparrows, thrushes, orioles, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, vireos
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Wild Blue Phlox, also known as Wild Sweet William or Woodland Phlox, inhabits eastern forests and shady streamsides from South Dakota to Vermont (and into Canada) in the North to Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Florida in the South. Where its range overlaps with Flowering Dogwood, it blooms at the same time and paints a dreamy picture. It also plays well with other woodland wildflowers, creating lovely combinations on the forest floor. Unlike many other shade-loving wildflowers, Wild Blue Phlox does not go dormant in summer, but keeps much of its foliage even into winter, making it especially worthy in the landscape.
Another interesting insect that Wild Blue Phlox may attract is the hummingbird moth. This curious creature (there are actually a few different species) looks like a tiny hummingbird, and unlike other moths, it visits flowers during the day. Hummingbird moths are most active in summer, but they emerge in the spring, and will visit Wild Blue Phlox flowers if they’re available.
How to Grow
A woodsy site will make Wild Blue Phlox happiest. Plant it in fertile, moist, well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter. Afternoon shade is a must, and dappled shade all day is ideal. After blooming, the flowering stems will die back, but you may want to leave them so that plants will reseed and naturalize. You can also increase stocks by dividing the clumps in early spring. In hot climates, powdery mildew may occasionally strike. If this happens, simply shear off the affected foliage and new leaves will appear. Wild Blue Phlox is evergreen in mild winters and semi-evergreen in colder ones.
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