Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Downy Phlox

Phlox pilosa
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Prairie, Savanna / Woodland
Season of Interest: Early (Feb - Apr)
Main Color: Pink / Rose
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone: 1
Hardy To Zone: 1

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Downy phlox
Photo: Courtesy of MDC
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun, Shade
Soil
Moisture
Dry
Nature Attracting
Butterfly, Pollinators/Beneficial Insects
Wildlife Benefit
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant
Size

Height:

12 to
18
inches

Spread:

12 to
16
inches
Size
Height: 12 to
18
inches
Spread: 12 to
16
inches
Size
Height: 12 to
18
inches
Spread: 12 to
16
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Naturalize in dry prairie or glade-like habitats, also sunny, well-drained beds.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Avoid crowding from larger species.
Special Features
Special Usage
Basic Description

This short, long-blooming phlox packs many pink flowers above its diminutive stems and foliage in late spring.

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