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Phlox maculata

Description

Meadow Phlox is a native perennial wildflower found in moist woodlands and open areas in the central and southeastern U.S.A. In NC, it is found in the Piedmont and mountain areas. During the summer it blooms with large clusters of pink, purple or white flowers. The stems are spotted with purple.

Meadow Phlox prefers full sun to light shade, moist conditions, and soil containing silt, loam, or sandy loam. Provide sufficient organic material to help retain moisture and mulch around the roots. This plant is not drought tolerant and will need supplemental water in dry conditions.  After flowering, it tends to die down. In suboptimal conditions, it may be short-lived. 

Use this plant in naturalized areas or the perennial garden to add height and long-lasting blooms. It looks great in a cottage garden too and will attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

This phlox has better mildew resistance than P. paniculata but provide it with good airflow and refrain from overhead watering. Root rot and spider mites can be an issue.

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Phlox
    Species:
    maculata
    Family:
    Polemoniaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central and eastern U.S.A.
    Distribution:
    AL , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NJ , NY , OH , PA , SC , TN , VA , VT , WV
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers attract butterflies, moths and hummingbirds. Songbirds will eat the seeds.
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    1/3 inch oval seed capsules are 3-celled and each cell contains one or more seeds.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    The 1/2 inch tubular, 5-lobed, pinkish-purple flowers have long corolla tubes and are densely arranged in large, cylindrical, terminal clusters up to 8 inches long.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Dark shiny green leaves are opposite, sessile, 2½-4" long and ½-¾" across, lanceolate in shape with smooth margins. They have wide bases with long slender tips.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Round
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
    Stem Description:
    Smooth round green stems with numerous purple spots, usually unbranched.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Moths
    Pollinators
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Heat
    Problems:
    Frequent Disease Problems