Downy Phlox (Phlox pilosa subsp. pilosa) in the Phloxes Database

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 12 - 24 inches
Plant Spread: 6 - 12 inches
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Other: depending in the zone
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Mauve
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Stratify seeds: Seeds need alternating periods of warm and cold stratification to germinate
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years
Needs excellent drainage in pots


Posted by flaflwrgrl (North Fl. - Zone 8b) on May 12, 2012 7:55 AM

This is a very pretty native phlox. Fragrant & resistant to mildew! Phlox pilosa is a butterfly attractant --- Sulfurs, Swallowtail, American Painted Lady & Cloudywings. Hummingbirds like to sip the nectar too. Long tongued bees feed on the nectar also.
Mammals eat Phlox pilosa too. Rabbits, deer, livestock & groundhogs enjoy munching on the plant.

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