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Phlox carolina L.
Carolina phlox, Summer phlox, Thickleaf phlox
USDA Symbol: PHCA19
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
This is an erect, perennial phlox, 24-30 in. tall. The slender, red-streaked flowering stems occur singly or in clusters. Thick-leaf phlox flowers are lavender to pink and arranged in loose, broadly cylindrical clusters. The leaves are bright-green, oval and leathery.
This phlox continues to bloom intermittently until frost.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Retention: Evergreen Size Notes:
Usually 1 to 3 feet, but can reach 5 feet. Leaf:
dark green Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Blooms mostly during the hottest part of the summer, occasionally continues until frost.
, VA Native Distribution:
to n.e. TX,
n. to MD
& s.e. MO Native Habitat:
Woodland edges & openings
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium , High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Drought Tolerance: Low
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Rich, acid loams and sands, but tolerates lime
Conditions Comments: This phlox continues to bloom intermittently until frost and is resistant to powdery mildew. Carolina phlox self-sows but is not aggressive.
garden plant. Use Wildlife:
Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Conspicuous Flowers:
Butterflies , Hummingbirds Nectar Source:
PropagationPropagation Material: Root Division , Seeds
Description: Propagate by seed, cuttings, or division.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery
- Orefield, PA
Record Last Modified: 2013-09-11
Research By: TWC Staff