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Phlox buckleyi

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Evergreens

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: average, poor, gravel/rock

Height: 6"-12"

Bloom Time: May, June

Bloom Color: pink, lilac

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 6, 7

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, clumping, drought tolerant, evergreen, mounding, ornamental foliage, rare, rock garden plant

Phlox buckleyi

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Phlox buckleyi

Also known as:

swordleaf phlox


Scientific Synonyms:


Phlox buckleyi is a low-growing evergreen phlox with a compact mounding habit. The leaves are narrow and elongated, hence the common name 'swordleaf' phlox. Clusters of bright pink flowers emerge above the foliage to a height of about 12".


Swordleaf phlox is endemic to Virginia and West Virginia shale barrens and open woods. It prefers full sun but will tolerate bright open shade. It is adapted to poor soil, but it is essential that it be very well drained. This is an ideal plant for use in rock gardens, or dry sunny borders. It spreads by rhizomes and stolons to form neat, compact clumps. The bloom period lasts about a month, during late spring to early summer. Zones 6-7


Propagate by seed, or division in early spring.

Additional Notes

Phlox buckleyi is a rare species with a very limited native range. It is however a delightful, care-free plant that is worthy of more attention.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:


Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Solanales
Family Polemoniaceae Phlox family
Genus Phlox phlox
Species Phlox buckleyi swordleaf phlox