(Phlox pulchra A2AL-052A) I love the Southeast native Phlox pulchra, which is sadly almost non-existent commercially, since virtually everything sold under that name is actually Phlox ovata. Our Phlox pulchra are cutting-grown plants from our Bibb County, Alabama, expedition...one of only five counties where this plant is known to exist. In the wild, we found Phlox pulchra growing on steep, rocky, roadside cuts in full sun. In the garden, Phlox pulchra makes an open 1' tall x 2' wide patch of lax, hairy purple stems, each clothed with very hairy, narrow green leaves and laden almost non-stop with quarter-sized, 5-petaled, pink-lavender (Pantone 689) flowers. Phlox pulchra is a good garden performer in the right conditions but will quickly die out if it's too crowded, too shaded, or too wet.
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