NATIVE tall pink phlox???

desperationfalls(z5 MA)August 29, 2005

Do any of you know where to find/buy those wonderful late summer blooming tall pink phlox which grow in the dappled shade-shade of the woodlands (seen them in Maine, Indiana, Penna, Missouri?) they are essentially wild phlox--I want

them to cover a bank in my yard. What other tall phlox

found in catalogs might be almost as good?


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Here is one link to give you an idea of what to search for.

Here is a link that might be useful: Native phlox

    Bookmark   August 29, 2005 at 3:49PM
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imo, i don't believe that is native phlox. isn't it one of those that escaped cultivation.

by all means correct me if i am wrong! i just had to put inmy 2 cents.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2005 at 6:42PM
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I find this phlox in undeveloped areas on native plant rescues. It is much meeker looking than the pictures, the leaves are skinny and the blooms smaller. I'm sure these guys use the best picture they have.

According to Newcomb's, cultivated phlox paniculata has escaped cultivated in New England. However, I do believe phlox paniculata is native to the US originally.

Here is a link that might be useful: USDA site

    Bookmark   September 2, 2005 at 7:30AM
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hmmm, interesting! whenever my field guides call something "garden" or states "escaped from cultivation" i assume it isn't native or it is a cultivar or variety from the native.

i need to stop assuming! :)

    Bookmark   September 2, 2005 at 7:27PM
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fgirl21(z6 - MA)

Wish I had come here sooner....I know what you're talking about and have some (courtesy of a fellow gardener). I'm sure that I could share a bit if you're interested - I'm on the south shore. Send me an email

    Bookmark   September 19, 2005 at 7:42AM
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Although it's long past the post, the original note "dappled shade/shade in woodlands" makes me wonder if this isn't dame's rocket, Hesperis matronalis, which is European and becoming invasive in a number of states. It's often sold as "wild phlox" although it's actually in the mustard family. Double check to see if it has 4 "petals" or 5. Five = phlox 4 = dame's rocket.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2009 at 7:58PM
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