Hardy, spring-flowering perennial
Description: Bears open clusters of lavender blue to pale violet and white flowers, semi-evergreen foliage
Habit:Culture: Prefers partial shade and humus rich, moist but well-drained garden loam
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zones 3 through 8
This North American species was introduced to British and European gardens as Phlox canadensis in 1746. Bernard McMahon listed it as the “early flowering phlox” in the 1806 edition of his book, The American Gardener’s Calendar. In The American Flower Garden Directory, 1839, nurseryman, florist, and author Robert Buist considered the American genus Phlox to be one of the most handsome in cultivation. Buist included the Wild Sweet William among the species he considered the finest. The flowers are attractive to butterflies.
This plant will ship bare root. Grade: #1.
Bare root planting tips:
~ If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
~ Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
~ Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.