- Common Name(s):
- Carolina phlox, Summer phlox, Thickleaf phlox
- Herbs, Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers
Phlox carolina, commonly called Carolina phlox, Thickleaf phlox or Summer phlox continues to bloom intermittently until frost and is resistant to powdery mildew. Carolina phlox self-sows but is not aggressive. Its native habitat includes woodland edges & openings. It blooms mostly during the hottest part of the summer, occasionally continues until frost.
This is an erect, perennial phlox, 24-30 in. tall. It can occasionally reach 5 foot in height.
Regions: Mountain, Piedmont, Coastal plains
Seasons of Interest:
Blooms: Summer Nut/Fruit/Seed: Summer
Wildlife Value: This plant has low resistance to damage from deer. Its flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees.
- Early summer
- 2-3 ft.
- Phlox Carolina has tufted, minutely downy to hairy stems with 5-12 pairs of lance-shaped to narrowly egg-shaped leaves. The leaves are 1.5-4 in. long, bright-green, oval and leathery.
- Phlox Carolina has slender, red-streaked flowering stems that occur singly or in clusters. Thick-leaf phlox flowers are lavender to pink and arranged in loose, broadly cylindrical clusters. Compact terminal inflorescence. The flowers are 0.5-0.75 in. with five rounded corolla lobes.
- Herbaceous perennial
- Phlox Carolina grows in deciduous woods and at forest margins.
- Seed, cuttings or division
- Wet, moist, dry
- Life Cycle:
NCCES plant id: 2683