Phlox divaricata ‘Blue Moon’ is a lovely compact cultivar of our native woodland phlox. Plants have semi-evergreen leaves and form ground covering mats. In early spring, foliage is topped by loose clusters of large showy blue and fragrant flowers. ‘Blue Moon’ is an excellent cultivar, one of the winners of Mt. Cuba woodland phlox trials!
This perennial can be used as ground covering perennial in shade gardens, woodland gardens, shade pollinators garden, low maintenance plantings, cottage gardens or on edges of perennial borders.
This plant is black walnut tolerant and drought tolerant too, it can grow fairly well in dry shade!
Good native perennial company provide Aquilegia canadensis, asarum, Carex (C. albicans, C. plantaginea, C. platyphylla, C. pennnsylnica), Heuchera americana , Stylophorum diphyllum, Trilliiums, smaller to medium sized ferns like Dryopteris marginalis or Polystichum acrostichoides. Or with non-native perennials like some Euphorbia, Hosta, Brunnera, Ompalodes, Carex, small spring bulbs…
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Blooming time : April/May
Size : 10” tall x 12” wide
USDA zones : 4 to 8
Culture : it is woodland phlox, so the best in half-shade, bright shade, dappled shade, shade with moist rich well drained and slightly acid soil. Plants tolerate clay loam, sand, part sun and dry shade.
Moisture Needs : medium moisture, moist
Origin : introduction from the Garden in the Woods in Massachusetts. The wild form of Phlox divaricata is native to woods of central, Eastern and Northeastern states of USA and Canada. See the USDA distribution map.
Deer/rabbit resistant : yes/ but are nibbled by rabbits
Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators : swallowtail butterflies, day flying sphinx moths
Attracts Hummingbirds : yes
Pot size : 3.5" x 5" deep perennial pot