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     Wild Sweet William is a beautiful spring ephemeral with lovely blooms and semi-evergreen foliage. 


     This clump-forming perennial gradually forms colonies and makes a great groundcover in dappled sun with moist but well drained soil.  It is not aggressive, and plants are easily pulled and transplanted elsewhere.


     Woodland Phlox provides early season nectar for butterflies, and it attracts hummingbirds and songbirds.  Its flowers are pollinated by long-tongued insects such as Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterflies, Hummingbird Clearwing moths and bumblebees.


     Pollinated flowers are followed by green fruits that dry to brown seed capsules.


     Try pairing Woodland Phlox with Columbine, Pennsylvania Sedge and Coral Bells.

Woodland Phlox, Wild Sweet William

1 Gallon
    • Latin: Phlox divaricata
    • Pollinator value: Very High
    • Height: 12 to 18 inches tall and wide
    • Spacing: 12 inches
    • Light: part sun
    • Soil: moist (can handle dry in shade)
    • Blooms: lavender, icy-blue spring
    • Leaves: semi-evergreen
    • Landscape: ground cover, butterfly garden
    • Deer resistance: yes
    • Native range here
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