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Phlox maculata

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: rich, loam, clay

Height: 2'-3'

Bloom Time: July, August, September

Bloom Color: pink, lavender

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts butterflies, attracts hummingbirds, clumping, colonizing, cut flowers, naturalizing, stream margin plant

Flowers of Phlox maculata (wild sweetwilliam)
  • Flowers of Phlox maculata (wild sweetwilliam)
  • Flowers of Phlox maculata (wild sweetwilliam)
  • Flowers of Phlox maculata (wild sweetwilliam)
  • Flowers of Phlox maculata (wild sweetwilliam)

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Description

Phlox maculata

Also known as:

wild sweetwilliam

,

wild sweet William

,

spotted phlox

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Similar in appearance to its common garden variety cousin (paniculata), it can be easily differentiated by its red-spotted stems, from which its specific epithet (maculata) is derived. Dense lilac-colored flower clusters bloom atop 3' tall stems that rarely require staking.

Cultivation

Best grown in full sun, Phlox maculata will tolerate light shade. Roots should not be allowed to dry out for extended periods. If additional watering is required, it should be done close to the ground to avoided potential powdery mildew, particularly if the plant has poor air circulation. Spent flowers may be removed to extend the blooming period which lasts about 2 months beginning mid-summer. Zones 4-8

Propagation

Best propagated by division of established clumps in spring. Can self seed.

Additional Notes

Beautiful in cut flower arrangements, wild sweetwilliam will attract butterflies and humming birds. This species of phlox is more resistant to powdery mildew than the common variety paniculata.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, VT, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: NY
  • Threatened: MI

Classification

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 maculata wild sweetwilliam