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Hollinshead Water-wise Garden Plants

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Taxon ID#

70

A very popular spring bloomer. Linear, green leaves form a low growing mat.

Scientific  Name:

Phlox diffusa

Common Name 1

› Spreading Phlox

Family:

Polemoniaceae

Origins:

It is native to western North America from British Columbia to the southwestern United States to the Dakotas, where it grows in many types of habitat, including rocky, high elevation mountain slopes.

Plant Type:

Herbaceous Plant, Perennial
Common Name 2

› Mat Phlox

Common Name 3

Oregon native:

yes

Western state native:

yes

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Landscape Application Information

Seasonal Care

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MAINTENANCE

Maintenance Level:

Low

Min. USDA Hardiness Zone:

Sun Preference:

Full Sun

Water Preference:

L

Soil Preference:

Prefers sandy or loamy soils. Does not grow well in clay soils.

Fertilizer Needs:

Recommended Mulch:

PLANT DESCRIPTION

Foliage Color:

Green

Foliage Description:

The linear, lance-shaped, or needle-like leaves are no more than 1.5 centimeters long and are oppositely arranged in bundles on the short stems.

Fragrant:

no

Predominant flower color:

Pink

Flower Description:

The inflorescence is a solitary tubular flower around a centimeter long. It has a flat white or pale pink or blue corolla with five lobes each just under a centimeter in length.

Fall color:

no

Fall Color Description:

Winter Foliage:

Deciduous

Winter Interest:

no

Winter Interest Description:

Mature height:

4-6"

Mature spread:

18-14"

Growth rate:

Slow

LANDSCAPE APPLICATION

Deer Resistant:

no

Fire Resistant:

yes

Attracts Pollinators:

yes

Attracts Butterflies:

yes

Native Habitat:

Dry, rocky mountain sites

Attracts Birds:

no

Cut/Dried Flowers:

no

Used by Wildlife:

no

Swales:

no

Wildlife Use:

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Hedge/Screen:

no

Border:

yes

Erosion Control:

yes

Windbreak:

no

Ground Cover:

yes

Provides Shade:

no

Rock Garden:

yes

Cover Structures:

no

First Bloom:

Apr

Last Bloom:

Adds Texture/Movement:

Jun

Ornamental Accent:

no

no

Garden Observations:

2 of 3 plants died first year (2020-21)

Seasonal Care
Maintenance

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