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Blue Phlox – Phlox Divaricata

By Pattyhankins @PattyHankins
Blue Phlox © 2014 Patty Hankins

Blue Phlox © 2014 Patty Hankins

Blue Phlox (phlox divaricata) is one of my favorite spring wildflowers. I love seeing the clusters of delicate blue flowers in the woods in the spring.

Blue Phlox © 2014 Patty Hankins

Blue Phlox © 2014 Patty Hankins

Blue Phlox © 2014 Patty Hankins

Blue Phlox © 2014 Patty Hankins

A member of the polemoniacaea (phlox) family, Blue Phlox is native almost everywhere east of the Missisippi River in the United States and in several states bordering the Mississippi River on the Western side. It is also native to the eastern provinces of Canada.

Blue Phlox © 2010 Patty Hankins

Blue Phlox © 2010 Patty Hankins

Blue Phlox © 2010 Patty Hankins

Blue Phlox © 2010 Patty Hankins

Blue phlox is easily identifiable in the spring. The five notched white, blue or lavendar petals grow in clusters atop stems that grow to 18″ tall. The flowers can grow to be about an inch across.

Blue Phlox © 2014 Patty Hankins

Blue Phlox © 2014 Patty Hankins

Blue Phlox © 2014 Patty Hankins

Blue Phlox © 2014 Patty Hankins

Blue phlox blooms in the spring – starting in March in the southern United States – ending in May in the northern parts of its range.

Blue Phlox © 2014 Patty Hankins

Blue Phlox © 2014 Patty Hankins

Blue Phlox © 2014 Patty Hankins

Blue Phlox © 2014 Patty Hankins

Blue Phlox © 2014 Patty Hankins

Blue Phlox © 2014 Patty Hankins

Blue Phlox © 2010 Patty Hankins

Blue Phlox © 2010 Patty Hankins

 


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