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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005


    A native of the eastern U.S., this spreading woodland plant has sweet blue flowers, which look wonderful at the front of the spring border. They bloom at the same time as tulips, violas, and other early spring ephemerals.

    Latin Name

    Phlox divaricata


    Family

    Polemoniaceae


    Also Known As

    Wild Sweet William


    Type of Plant

    Perennials

    Bloom Season

    April - May


    Seasons

    Spring

    Specifications

    Max Height: 1.5'
    Max Spread: 1.5'

    Uses

  • Flower Border
  • Naturalize

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Shade
    Part Shade

    Tolerances

  • Clay Soil
  • Deer
  • Drought
  • Dry Soil
  • Heavy Shade

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies
    Hummingbird

    Colors


    Native Range

    Eastern North America


    History

    Lady Jean Skipwith grew woodland phlox at her Virginia plantation in 1793.


    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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