Woodland phlox is a spreading, mat-forming native wildflower. The foliage is glossy, medium-green, and lance-shaped. It roots at the nodes. Loose, flat clusters of fragrant flowers with notched petals attract butterflies.
‘May Breeze’ was selected by renowned garden designer Piet Oudolf for its compact growth, intense fragrance and pale blue to whitish lavender flowers.
Appreciates a light summer mulch which helps retain moisture and keep roots cool. Phlox divaricata rambles through the garden less like a groundcover and more like a part of a lovely patchwork quilt. It spreads slowly via rhizomes. Do not cut this plant back in fall – this could result in winter loss. Trims (if desired but not necessary) are best done after flowering in late spring.
Height: 1-1.5 ft.
Spread: 1-1.5 ft
Bloom time: April to May
Sun: part shade to full shade
photo credit: David J. Stang