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Plant Identification: SOLVED: Phlox divaricata or....?

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Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)

April 16, 2002
1:18 PM

Post #27079

Here's a photo of a "rescued" plant as it started blooming. Last spring when I found it, it had three little flower heads. It was planted in the middle of a liriope patch, in brick-hard clay soil, next to our concrete driveway (what was a nice plant like this doing in a place like that????)

Anyway, I moved it to a semi-shady spot (in much better soil) where we could enjoy it more. It seems to be pretty happy in its new home, and it the blooms have a really nice fragrance.

Last year, I guessed it was Phlox divaricata, but I'm not positive; the petals are fairly narrow and some of the P. divaricata I've seen have more rounded petals. Any other guesses?

Since this photo was taken, it has grown a few more inches, and has more blooms. It stands about 15" high, the leaves are dark green, narrow and slightly hairy.

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Milo, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 17, 2002
12:10 AM

Post #244312

Go_Vols: You are right with the name. It is Phlox divaricata. We call it Wild Sweet Williams or Wild Blue Phlox. It is a native wildflower. Grows in our timbers here under the trees, so you planted it in the right spot--shady to part shade. They do smell heavenly. They do spread, but not aggressively. Nice addition to your garden.
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

April 18, 2002
12:58 AM

Post #245190

Terry, Phlox divaricata is what was all over the place here when you came for the daylilies :-)


Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)

April 18, 2002
2:03 AM

Post #245240

Cala, that's what made me re-think what I've got. Yours has much "fatter" (teardrop-shaped) petals; mine are more separated and longer. Could the difference be attributed to exposure (mine are in semi-shade all day, vs. full sun like yours?)
Deep South Coastal, TX
(Zone 10a)

April 18, 2002
2:57 AM

Post #245282

It could be, they also have skinny leaves on the bloom spike. I'll take a close up and post it. Mine also have wonderful soil to grow in and horse poo added.

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