Growing Phlox divaricata (Wild Blue Phlox)

Latin Name Pronunciation: floks div-air-ih-kay'tah

Phlox divaricata laphamii is at its best in partial shade (or full shade in the South) and in well-drained soil enriched with organic matter. Prefers soil with a slightly acid to neutral pH. Plants have a lax habit and root where the stems touch the ground, allowing them to form a ground cover where conditions suit them. Cut flowering stems to the ground after the blooms fade to keep plants looking tidy, but leave a few in place to encourge self-sowing.