The Woodland Phlox (Phlox divaricata laphamii) is a flowering, semi-evergreen, perennial plant in the Polemonniaceae family. It is also known as the Wild Blue Phlox or the Wild Sweet William.
It is native to eastern North America.
‘Divaricata’ means that it has a spreading and straggling habit. It grows to 25-50 centimetres (10-20 inches) tall with unstalked, hairy leaves. The leaves are 3-5 centimetres (1-2 inches) long.
The flowers are pink, mauve, white, blue or lavender-blue with five petals at the base of a thin tube. There are two sub-species: Phlox divaricata divaricata which has notched petals (resembling elongated hearts) and the Phlox divaricata laphamii which are without a notch (photograhed).
The Woodland Phlox blooms from March to May in the Northern Hemisphere.
Photographed in Nashville, Tennessee, North America, March 2023.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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