Phlox pilosa, native to U.S., in blooming in Heritage Garden

Published on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 21:56 - Written by Dee Bishop, In Our Garden

Phlox pilosa, our very own wild phlox, like the ones you see growing along the roadsides, resides in the Heritage Garden and is blooming beautifully.

I also have them in my flower beds everywhere. I can’t get enough of them. They are beautiful and their fragrance is heavenly.

Phlox pilosa, or prairie phlox, grows along roadsides in East Texas and on the prairies farther west. It is beautiful wherever it grows. The neat thing about this little phlox is it is evergreen. What a great groundcover for an iris bed!

The little plants have the slenderest little leaves and stand up about 12 to 15 inches tall. I always get so excited when I see these little beauties because I know spring is here.

There are so many varieties of phlox and all are beautiful. Some can be a bit invasive, I suppose, but so pretty you won’t mind digging out a few now and then to give to a friend or to plant in another location.

The tall garden phlox, Phlox paniculata, get 4 feet high and bloom from June through the summer.

Phlox subulata (Thrift), which blooms in March, and is an evergreen ground cover is another native beauty. In fact, all the phlox I know about are native to the U.S.

People all over the world covet them and buy them at premium prices. Aren’t we fortunate to have such beautiful wildflowers?


Dee Bishop is a Smith County Master Gardener. She writes about plants growing within the Tyler Rose Garden.