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Phlox divaricata var. laphamii

Woodland phlox

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Features

  • BloomsJune to July
  • Height0.2m to 0.3m
  • Spread0.1m to 0.2m
  • Growth HabitLow spreading
  • Flower ColourPurple blue
  • Leaf ColourGreen shades
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Phlox divaricata var. laphamii (Woodland phlox). This is a slow spreading species with dark green foliage and fragrant blue blooms which appear in the spring. The flowering colours will vary according to the cultivar chosen and will range from white to a deep, dark blue. These are charming perennials they are a good choice for the front of the border where their enchanting beauty won't be hidden.

Characteristics

Perennial, Semi-evergreen, Shrub

Origin

North America

Interest and use

Wildflower/meadow, naturaliser, edging, border

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They will grow easily in temperate climates, though they will need a lot of water to help there growth. Give them fertile soil that drains well but remains moist and a sunny or partial-shaded location. You can propagate from seed or cuttings or by division.

Propagation

Propagate rock and hybrids by basal cuttings from non-flowering shoots in spring or summer. Species can be increased by seed in autumn or spring. Annuals can be propagated by seed in spring. P.maculata, P.paniculata and their cultivators should be propagated by division in early spring or by root cuttings in winter.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch out for red spider mite, eelworm and powdery mildew.

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