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Phlox carolina

Common Name(s):
Carolina phlox, Summer phlox, Thickleaf phlox
Categories:
Herbs, Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers
Comment:

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.   

 

Season:
Early summer
Height:
2-3 ft.
Foliage:
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.
Flower:
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.
Habit:
Herbaceous perennial
Site:
Phlox Carolina grows in deciduous woods and at forest margins.
Propagation:
Seed, cuttings or division
Soil:
Wet, moist, dry
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Tags:
cpp, bees, herb, wildflower, fragrant, hummingbirds, ornamental plant, butterflies

NCCES plant id: 2683

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