Unfortunately, in research trials in the southeast, they have all been fairly susceptible. Spotted phlox prefers moist, but well drained soils rich in organic matter, in full sun to part shade. This is a Phlox for shade or partial shade and medium to drier soils. The native species may grow even taller in ideal growing conditions. Growth habit varies as well, from low, mounded sun-lovers, to low spreading woodland phlox with upright flower stems, to strongly upright narrow types. Garden phlox is the tallest of the commonly grown species, reaching 3 to 5 feet tall depending on cultivar. Bloom time varies from early spring while daffodils are blooming to mid-to-late summer. Follow all directions, precautions and restrictions that are listed. The fragrant flowers may be magenta, pink, white, lavender, purple or blue, flowering from early to late summer. Some cultivars have flowers with multiple colors, often with a contrasting eye zone or petal edge. Wedding phlox flowers are fragrant and pure white with gold stamens in the flower center. It prefers well drained soil, in full sun or some shade, and is heat tolerant. Shade will cause plants to thin out, and they will not tolerate excessive moisture. Because there are so many different species and cultivars, and they hybridize freely even in the wild, there is great variation throughout the genus. A mature specimen of Summer Phlox will have some leaves that easily exceed ½" in width, while the leaves of other Phlox spp. The leaves will eventually turn brown, dry out and drop off. You want the perennial phlox that grows to three of four feet tall, Phlox paniculata. If powdery mildew is spotted early, remove any affected or fallen leaves. The leaves of Phlox subulata and tall phlox are so different from each other that one would be hard-pressed to identify them as related species in the absence of their flowers. Landscaping enthusiasts who live in hot climates have, consequently, felt cheated when it comes to growing perennial tall phloxes (although Phlox drummondii is an annual wildflower in Texas). The plant has opposite leaves and the leaves are entire, meaning that the [â¦] Spotted phlox has a strongly upright habit, growing 2 to 3 feet tall and only 1 to 2 feet wide. âRosalindeâ grows to 2 Â½ feet tall, with deep pink flowers and reddish stems. Flowers vary greatly in color form dark magenta, to blue, light blue or white and are lightly fragrant. Plant taxonomy designates woodland phlox, an herbaceous perennial, as Phlox divaricata. It is closely related to garden phlox (P. paniculata) and spotted phlox (P. maculata). 2002 Perennial Plant of the Year. Propagation is by division in fall or cuttings. It grows 18 to 20 inches tall. Their stems are lightgreen to reddish brown, terete, and pubescent to glandular-hairy. Tall growing phlox should usually be divided at least every 3 years to prevent overcrowding. This plant can form large colonies as the weak stems flop over and root at the nodes. Warm humid conditions favor powdery mildew growth and spread. Be very careful! There are dozens of cultivars available of garden phlox and they vary widely in mildew resistance. wild spring leaf wildflower isolated. Prairie Smoke. Leaves are 1 Â½ to 2 inches long, semi-evergreen and narrow. This perennial Phlox is quite rare in the wild, and it is a little challenging to grow. Some phlox, particularly garden phlox and moss phlox, are garden center staples. Indeed, I list it as one of the top spring flowers. Phlox subulata has needle-like leaves, some of which remain green throughout the winter. Low growing phlox for shade include woodland phlox and creeping phlox. For best appearance trim off old flowers once it is done blooming. Keep old flower heads pruned off to further encourage continued bloom. ‘Blue Ridge’ has violet blue flowers and grows to 6 inches tall. Plants are usually and easily grown from seed. Moss Phlox (Phlox subulata): One of the most widely grown phlox, moss pink has acquired a variety of alternate common names including rock pink, thrift, ground pink, and creeping phlox. Phlox subulata has needle-like leaves, some of which remain green throughout the winter. The evergreen leaves are needle like and form a dense carpet of foliage growing to only 3 to 6 inches tall and 12 to 15 inches or more wide. Phlox include a large group of mostly perennial plants widely used in gardens. Learn tips for creating your most beautiful (and bountiful) garden ever. Wild species and virtually all cultivars bloom in the cool color range, ranging from white to pink, rose, red, magenta, purple, and blue. Flowers vary in color from lavender to pink to white. âJohn Fanickâ has light pink with a darker eye. Surfaces are finely hairy, with short fine hairs along the edges. The leaves of Phlox subulata and tall phlox are so different from each other that one would be hard-pressed to identify them as related species in the absence of their flowers. Phlox stolonifera, which also goes by the common names Creeping phlox and Moss phlox, is similar to P. subulata in name only. Pyrola. The five-petalled tubular flowers are attractive to butterflies, clearwing moths, and hummingbirds. Heat tolerant cultivars will slow or stop bloom in summer, but if given proper siting and care, may flower again in fall. Moss phlox is effective for erosion control on slopes once plants have closed together. Spring blooming species generally have a short, intense bloom period of 2 to 3 weeks, while summer flowering phlox may bloom over several months if old, spent flowers are removed regularly. Both creeping phlox and tall garden phlox are favorites in flower beds. Propagate by division or root cutting in fall. are less than ½" in width. This plant, also sometimes is refâ¦ Other common names for it include wild sweet William and wild blue phlox. Also, wild collected plants often do not survive transplanting. Woodland phlox grows 12 to 15 inches tall in bloom, with the leaves forming a spreading mat. Annual phlox prefer sandy soil, with adequate but not excessive moisture. If given the correct growing conditions, woodland phlox is an easy, low maintenance plant. Unfortunately, both types can be prone to diseases and pests that can discourage gardeners from growing the charming plants. Clumps spread gradually by rhizomes and self seeding. Unfortunately, many of its cultivars are the most prone to powdery mildew, and cultivar selection is very important for success. 2000 Georgia Gold Medal Winner. This is usually considered to be one of the most mildew resistant garden phlox cultivars. Carolina phlox has an upright growth habit, reaching 2 to 3 feet tall and 1 Â½ to 2 feet wide. It is fragrant and highly mildew resistant. Never use overhead irrigation from sprinklers or hand watering. Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status and is an equal opportunity employer. ‘Eva Cullum’ has medium pink flowers and deep pink eyes. Caution: Watch out, this edible wild plant, like other sorrel varieties, contains oxalic acid. Several hundred named varieties of different phlox species are grown. Phlox may re-seed in the garden and seedlings will usually revert to the wild species coloration and habit over a few generations. Numerous species of phlox are grown, with height varying between 3 to 6 inches for moss phlox (Phlox subulata) to 5 feet tall for the taller varieties of garden phlox (P. paniculata). If the disease continues to spread it may become necessary to spray with a fungicide. While morning sun encourages heavier bloom and denser growth, the plant will not withstand excessive sun. Promote good air circulation by giving plants adequate space. âLouisiana Purpleâ is an excellent, very vigorous growing plant, with abundant deep purple flowers. Wild Phlox Leaves and Stems. Wild blue phlox is a native woodland phlox (though introduced to New England) with sticky-hairy leaves and delicate, fragrant, lavender flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies in April and May. Wild Blue Phlox, Phlox divaricata, is a colorful wildflower of early spring sometimes called Sweet William. Plants may be found in cell packs in garden centers. Six hours or more of morning sun with some afternoon shade will allow enough light for optimum flowering, while extending bloom time. The leaves are evergreen, narrow, leathery and covered with fine hairs. âCoral Eyesâ has pastel pink flowers with bright coral pink eyes. Join our mailing list to receive the latest updates from HGIC. David Beaulieu is a garden writer with nearly 20 years experience writing about landscaping and over 10 years experience working in nurseries. Wild plants usually are magenta to soft purple in bloom. It is often included in wildflower seed mixes. Wild phlox (Phlox divaricata) grows naturally in many areas of the U.S. Also known as woodland phlox, this blooming perennial thrives in suitable sites from South Carolina as far north as Quebec. While more powdery mildew resistant than garden phlox, spotted phlox can still get the disease. Creeping Phlox (Phlox stolonifera): Creeping phlox is native to the South Carolina mountains and Piedmont in deciduous woods and along stream banks. Blooming occurs in early to mid summer. Purple Loosestrife. Start by choosing species and cultivars that are known to have resistance to powdery mildew. All these colors can also occur in wild plants. Phlox stolonifera gets its name from its stolons, or runners, that make it a creeping phlox variety. Woodland phlox can be grown throughout South Carolina, in proper growing conditions. Often grows wild along stream banks. The leaves of tall phlox are much larger and die back at the end of the growing season; they are narrow at both ends and flare out in the middle. Hairy phlox is relatively low growing, reaching 12 to 16 inches tall in bloom. Cut back the plant by half its height after summer bloom is finished to encourage repeat fall blooming. COVID-19 Extension Updates and Resources ... More Information », Factsheet | HGIC 1181 | Published: May 1, 2009 | Print. A few species take the form of shrubs or trees in other parts of the world. Iâm sure youâve seen it. While most phlox have green leaves, some have variegated foliage with creamy white or yellow margins. It can be distinguished from Carolina phlox by its thinner leaves and reddish spots or streaks along the stem. Like many other flowers of spring this plant gives some life to the forest. Garden phlox prefers fertile, moist, well drained soil, in sun to some afternoon shade. In South Carolina it is found growing wild in the Piedmont and Midstate, into parts of the Sandhills. Carolina Phlox (Phlox carolina): Native to a wide area throughout the southeast, Carolina phlox is also native throughout South Carolina, growing in deciduous woods, forest edges and clearings, and along roadsides. Enemies of the Wild Blue Phlox The Wild Blue Phlox is susceptible to some diseases and insect pests. It's easy to distinguish between these two types, as P. subulata stays short, while P. paniculata is a tall kind. It blooms in early spring, about the same time as daffodils, and as hostas begin to emerge. Powdery mildew can severely weaken susceptible phlox cultivars. It is also commonly referred to as Blue Phlox, Woodland Phlox, or â¦ All are tough plants that thrive in sun and tolerate drought once established. However, some afternoon shade will help the plant deal better with summer heat stress. The phlox bug lives in the egg stage through winter on dead stems. It is intolerant of drought and will need to be watered well during dry spells. The perfect phlox for shady areas, Wild Blue Phlox blooms for nearly a month in late spring and early summer. ‘Laphammi’ has large, lavender blue flowers, and blooms later than most other varieties. It has escaped into the wild and can be found in the eastern half of North America plus Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Utah and Washington state. For this reason, knowing the botanical name will help ensure that you get the plant you want at nurseries. These perennials are tall enough to be inserted into the middle or back row of a bed of mixed perennials without getting lost. It typically covers lower leaves with a grayish-white, powdery fungal growth in spring or late summer, and gradually works its way upwards on the plant. If spring is prime time for Phlox subulata, then the best time for tall phlox to shine is the summer: It's an old standby for the summer garden, a colorful contributor to your yard's beauty long after many other perennials have petered out. Most phlox can be propagated by division or cuttings, and this will maintain the original variety true to type. Creeping phlox prefers moist, cool, well-drained soil, high in organic matter. Attractive, easily grown, and quite different in appearance from the commonly grown tall phlox species. It grows and flowers best in dappled shade or in morning sun and afternoon shade. Phlox family (Polemoniaceae) Description:Thisperennial wildflower has fertile shoots about 1-1½' tall andinfertile shoots that are less than 1' tall. Individual flowers are 1 to 1 Â½ inches wide, in various shades of blue, violet, lavender, purple and white. Spotted phlox (Phlox maculata): Spotted phlox is also known as meadow phlox and wild sweet William, a common name it shares with some other phlox. Flowers are fragrant and held in loose clusters. The wild plantâs flowers are usually rose red, but in South Carolina, color can vary considerably because wild plants are escapees from gardens. Phlox are highly attractive to butterflies. Low needle-like leaves in mats. There are other differences between the two (explained below), but the size is a good place to start. Thin the number of stems in the spring to improve air movement through the plant in tall phlox. Remember that resistant does not mean immune. Like the Meadowsweet above it is an old world plant found in many home gardens and yards. âFullerâs Whiteâ is an excellent white flowered cultivar. Poppy. They are susceptible to powdery mildew, which is more difficult to combat the hotter it gets outside. The wild species of is less susceptible to powdery mildew than many cultivars. Phlox are grown for their abundant flowering, with most phlox species and cultivars also having a light sweet fragrance. All grow 2 Â½ to 3 feet tall. Upright stems, with slender leaves. Infected leaves eventually turn yellow and then brown. The wild species flowers are blue to mauve. Poison Ivy. Bloom time: Although the typical bloom period for garden phlox is July through September, you can extend the flowering season by choosing cultivars that have â¦ Fragrant flowers are held in loose clusters 6 to 12 inches above ground in early spring. Follow all recommendations in the Problems section above to reduce the chances for powdery mildew infection, beginning with selecting resistant cultivars. It is taller than most woodland phlox, reaching 18 to 22 inches tall in bloom. The phlox bugâs feeding causes white or light green spots on the leaves and buds. Attachment is opposite, with leaf pairs at right angles to the pair above and below and widely spaced on the stem. Phlox (Moss) Pickerel Weed. Bears clusters of pink-purple flowers about ½" across over a long period in late summer. âRobert Pooreâ has large heads of brilliant rosy-red to magenta flowers on vigorous 5â tall plants. Drummondâs Phlox (Phlox drummondii): The only commonly grown annual phlox, and often sold as simply annual phlox, this plant is native to Texas, but has naturalized through much of the southeastern U.S, including South Carolina. It comes true to type from seed. Downy phlox is taller than the others, growing to 15 inches in height. 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