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Common name: Woodlan phloxType: HerbaceousAspect: Prefers partial shadeColour: BlueSeason: SummerSoil: MoistSize: SmallDelivery: Mail order only until COVID19 lockdown endsImage: WTGN
Spreading semi-evergreen perennial, smothered in light blue open flowers in early summer.
Phlox divaricata,forms mats of foliage and grows wild in woodlands in Eastern North America, as well alongside streams in moister soils. Loose clusters of fragrant, light blue flowers are produced in profusion in spring - a warm sunny day will see bees visiting this plant enthusiastically. If the conditions are favourable, in other words, humus-rich soil that remains cool and quite moist through the summer, then large colonies will form over time. So, plant in the shade of larger, preferably deciduous plants such as trees and shrubs, that will allow winter rain to moisten the soil and then provide cool shade in summer, and improve the soil with garden compost, leaf litter or well rotted manure.
Phlox divaricata 'Clouds of Perfume' is fully hardy and has a height of about 30cm.