Blue Phlox - Phlox divaricata
Phlox divaricata, more commonly named Blue Phlox, Woodland Phlox, Wild Blue Phlox, and Wild Sweet William, is a species of perennial flower that is commonly found throughout a wide range of habitats in North America. Blue Phlox is often seen growing along streams, riverbeds, and deep woodlands of the Midwest. It does well in gardens used as a cover for underbrush and as an addition to a wildflower-type garden. It can grow up to one foot in height and will spread just about two feet wide on both sides.
This particular type of woodland phlox is very fragrant, in a pleasant manner. Especially in the late spring and early summer months, when it reaches its initial bloom. Its petals are two to four centimeters in diameter, and each of the sprawled out five petals join into a thin tube at the flower head's center. Its colors fit a spring garden, ranging in pastel hues of colors, including light purple, blue-lavender, white, and pink. The leaves are fuzzy, and you will find their width just a hair wider on stems not holding blooms.
At the base of the flower's center tube, nectar is produced for only certain wildlife. These would be hummingbirds, butterflies, skippers, long-tongued bees, and moths because they are the only ones with a long enough tongue to reach the nectar in such a long and thin tube.
Often found in the wild woods and fields of the Midwest, the Blue Phlox is a common wildflower and is not difficult to grow and maintain. It thrives best in humus-rich soil that is fertile and drained well but slightly moist. Having your Blue Phlox in an area with a slight shade would also be beneficial to its growth. It would also benefit well from the occasional fertilization and when placed in an area with good air circulation.
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