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Old 04-29-2011, 06:29 PM
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I went to the nursery today, and bought this GORGEOUS-looking phlox called Woodlands Phlox, with the most beautiful violet-blue color on its multitude of flowers. I payed $5.

I did not bother to ask much about it, and when I came home, I search the internet. It says that spreads by rhrizomes, so I am planning to keep it in a big flower pot, so that I can contain it. The beauty of this flower is worth 10 times as much.

What do you think?
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Old 05-02-2011, 12:59 PM
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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Did you get Woodland phlox, phlox divaricata? If so, it's native to the east coast of the US and likes moist, acidic soil and partial shade..."woodland" conditions, I believe. The ones I have seem to be happy outside in a mostly shady area. Since it's a perennial, it will most likely go dormant and may need a cold winter to survive.

But the same can be said for poinsetta, but I think my mom had one for a couple of years... I would recommend planting it in a suitable location outside...
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Old 09-02-2011, 12:09 PM
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Belatedly happening upon this, so I hope the OP revisits his/her inquiry.

Good advice above - woodland phlox is a spring ephemeral, so it will cease to bloom once the leaves are completely out on the trees in your area. It should do well in shade and is not fussy about acid soil - I have abundant wild phlox on my property, which is heavily alkaline (limestone). I've never seen wild phlox used as a potted plant, but it might work - just don't be disappointed when the foliage dies down shortly after the blooms disappear. It's not dead, but dormant, and will return next spring, if conditions are right. If you pot it, you'll need to continue watering it throughout the year - thus, it's better to set it out in a shady place which will come closer to replicating its natural conditions. My parents had wild phlox in their shady suburban yard for years and years - it looks beautiful with spring bulbs.
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