Propagating Native Plants: Wild Blue Phlox

Phlox divaricata. Public domain image from Wikipedia
Phlox divaricata. Public domain image from Wikipedia

I could not find this little plant growing anywhere nearby so I ordered seed. Yeah, I know. That kind of defeats my “growing plants that are truly local ultra cheaply” project but I couldn’t help myself. This plant is nearly perfect. Fragrant, shade tolerant and evergreen. It might even naturalize if I am lucky. I cannot express my excitement. =D

When to sow: Spring or fall.

Special treatment: Moist cold stratification 60 days or direct sow outside.

Fresh or dried seed: Either.

Planting depth: Very fine covering of light material. 1/8 inch.

Preferred temperature for germination: ?

Days to germination: ?

Vegetative propagation: Division, layering, or softwood cuttings in the spring.

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4 thoughts on “Propagating Native Plants: Wild Blue Phlox

  1. I agree with TexasDeb–I’m impressed that you can keep track of the varying requirements. I can’t even keep my grocery list straight. I’ll look to you for this information!

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    1. Most of it is pretty easy since a lot of them just want winter sowing. That said, it kind of amazes me that some of these wildflowers can germinate at all with such fussy requirements.

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  2. These experiments are fascinating but honestly, I’m glad it is you keeping track of the varying requirements of all these plants-to-be and not me. I can usually handle about 2-3 things from seed at a time and that is it!

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    1. The rain lily seeds sprouted yesterday so I have hope that my little project just might work. =D If I don’t write it down somewhere I will forget and then I will have to look it all up again.

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