Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Wild Sweet William

Phlox divaricata
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest: Mid (May - June)
Main Color: Blue, Pink / Rose, Purple, White
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:

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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)
Sun Exposure 
Medium Sun/Average Shade, Shade
Soil
Moisture
Moderate
Nature Attracting
Butterfly, Hummingbird
Wildlife Benefit
Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

12 to
16
inches

Spread:

12 to
inches
Size
Height: 12 to
16
inches
Spread: 12 to
inches
Size
Height: 12 to
16
inches
Spread: 12 to
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Provides welcome early color in shady borders, wild gardens, woodlands and naturalized areas.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grows best in well-drained soil rich in organic matter.
Special Features
Evergreen
Special Usage
Fragrant
Basic Description

Loose clusters of white to blue to blue-violet, star-shaped flowers early in spring provide nectar for hummingbirds and butterflies. The flowers are sweetly scented. Evergreen basal.

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