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
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
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Phlox pilosaAlso known as:
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.
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
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.
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
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
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