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 lavender or pink flowers with notched petals attract butterflies.
Prefers bright shade and rich, moist, organic soils. 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: 0.75-1 ft.
Spread: 0.75-1 ft.
Bloom time: April to May
Sun: part shade to full shade