Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: rich, loam, clay
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
Pricing & Availability
Phlox maculataAlso known as:
wild sweet William,
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.
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
Best propagated by division of established clumps in spring. Can self seed.
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
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
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