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
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
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Phlox buckleyiAlso known as:
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.
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
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