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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Phlox carolina L.
Carolina phlox, Summer phlox, Thickleaf phlox
USDA Symbol: PHCA19
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
AL , AR , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MD , MO , MS , NC , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA Native Distribution:
S.w. GA to n.e. TX, n. to MD & s.e. MO Native Habitat:
Woodland edges & openings USDA Native Status: L48(N)
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.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Excellent flower garden plant.
Use Wildlife: Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies , Hummingbirds
Nectar Source: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Root Division , Seeds
Description: Propagate by seed, cuttings, or division.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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
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Record Modified: 2009-01-30
Research By: TWC Staff