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Phlox pilosa

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: acid, rich, average, loam, clay, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 1'-2'

Bloom Time: March, April, May, June, July

Bloom Color: pink, lilac, lavender

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, attracts hummingbirds, colonizing, cottage garden plant, drought tolerant, fragrant flowers, naturalizing, rock garden plant

Phlox pilosa (downy phlox)
  • Phlox pilosa (downy phlox)
  • Phlox pilosa (downy phlox)
  • Phlox pilosa (downy phlox)
  • Phlox pilosa (downy phlox)

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Description

Phlox pilosa

Also known as:

downy phlox

,

prairie phlox

,

fragrant phlox

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Phlox pilosa is prairie wildflower. Opposite, green blade-like leaves grow along the length of the hairy stems stem. Plants can grow to 2' tall and produce large amounts of pink to lavender colored flowers. These are fragrant, which is an unusual characteristic for a phlox.

Cultivation

Downy phlox is native to prairies and open wood margins. It is adaptable to a range of soils. They should well-drained, and moist to dry. It forms dense clumps via rhizomes, and is not an aggressive self seeder. Phlox pilosa is a good choice for dry flower borders, cottage and rock gardens. Bloom times will vary within its extensive range, from March to July. Zones 4-9

Propagation

Easily propagated by division, less reliably from seed. It is also possible to propagate by stem cuttings taken in late spring, before flower production begins.

Additional Notes

This species of phlox seems to be unaffected by powdery mildew. It is considered a treat by all herbivores, large and small.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: MD, NJ, NY, PA

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 pilosa downy phlox