Common Names: Blue Phlox, Eastern Blue Phlox, Louisiana Phlox
Woodland Phlox Blue Moon (Phlox divaricata Blue Moon) is a herbaceous, perennial wildflower cultivar of Eastern Blue Phlox that is native to Eastern North America. It can usually be found growing on forest floors. The plants are compact. The flowers are profuse. The fragrance is sweet.
Woodland Phlox does best in highly organic, moist soils in shady locations. The soil needs to have good drainage. Phlox can tolerate clay soils and is drought tolerant once established. Woodland Phlox spreads by rhizomes and trailing stems that root at the nodes. To keep from spreading, cut back the flowers as they fade and keep the plant trimmed.
Blue Moon Woodland Phlox blooms in the spring. It’s blue-violet flowers are fragrant and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. It is an early season source of nectar for pollinators. The foliage is semi-evergreen and changes color to a dark purple in the winter. Unfortunately, its foliage attracts rabbits which can be problematic unless you are raising rabbits in your garden. Fortunately, deer avoid munching on them.
Plant in dappled sunlight (light through a tree canopy all day), partial shade (2-6 hours of sunlight) or deep shade (less than 2 hours of sunlight). Space plants 10-20″ apart. Grows 6-12″ tall and 10-20″ wide.
Blue Moon Woodland Phlox is available in our Quart Premium Native Perennial size category.