Phlox divaricata, commonly called Woodland Phlox, has loose clusters of lightly fragrant, light blue (sometimes pinkish) blooms on fine stems of narrow, bright green leaves. Its early spring flowers welcome early hummingbirds and butterflies. Phlox divaricata, also called Wild Blue Phlox, spreads by rooting at nodes, by underground rhizomes and by seed to form attractive colonies.
Perennial Phlox divaricata is native to the eastern 2/3 of the United States on into northeastern Canada. It is naturally found in rich deciduous woodland, along streambanks, and moist open areas near woodland paths.
Phlox divaricata prefers partial to full shade and moist, humus rich soil. Cut back hard after blooming if powdery mildew is a problem. Established plants are drought tolerant.