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(syn: Phlox ovata) We found this small phlox at 2,400' elevation, north of Roanoke, Virginia, back in 2000. It has been a great performer and always draws attention at our Spring Open House. The only problem was getting it identified. Finally, we have determined it to be the little-known Phlox latifolia, an Appalachian native from Pennsylvania south to Alabama. Phlox latifolia is a great rock garden phlox since it makes a small 1' wide patch of open rosettes, composed of 3" long x 1" wide thick green leaves. The clumps are topped with 15" tall spikes of dark pink-lavender flowers in May and June...a hummingbird favorite. Phlox latifolia is somewhat anti-social, since it prefers an open site where it will not be crowded by neighbors.
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