Phlox divaricata 'May Breeze'

Phlox-Woodland, Wild Sweet William

Phlox divaricata ÔMay BreezeÕ

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Phlox divaricata 'May Breeze'

Phlox-Woodland, Wild Sweet William

Developed in The Netherlands as a companion for spring bulbs, this lively nativar forms an airy cloud of fragrant, icy white flowers with a hint of blue that float above the carpet of semi-evergreen foliage in spring. Best as a woodland groundcover as it mingles its way through the shade border. Introduced by: Piet Oudolf

Plant Details

  • Zone: 4 - 8
  • Height: 12-15"
  • Spread: 10-12"
  • Exposure: Full Shade, Part Shade
  • Soil Moisture: Moderate Water Needs
  • Drought tolerant: No
  • Bloom time: Late Spring, Mid-Spring
  • Foliage Color: Green Shades
  • Flower Color: White Shades
  • Fragrant: Yes
  • Good Cut Flower: Yes
  • Native: Nativar
  • Deer resistant: No
  • Rabbit resistant: No
  • Bee-friendly: Yes
  • Attracts butterflies: Yes
  • Attracts hummingbirds: Yes
  • Groundcover: Yes
  • Roy Diblik Favorite: No

Plant Details

  • Zone: 4 - 8
  • Height: 12-15"
  • Spread: 10-12"
  • Exposure: Full Shade, Part Shade
  • Soil Moisture: Moderate Water Needs
  • Drought tolerant: No
  • Bloom time: Late Spring, Mid-Spring
  • Foliage Color: Green Shades
  • Flower Color: White Shades
  • Fragrant: Yes
  • Good Cut Flower: Yes
  • Native: Nativar
  • Bee-friendly: Yes
  • Deer resistant: No
  • Rabbit resistant: No
  • Attracts butterflies: Yes
  • Attracts hummingbirds: Yes
  • Groundcover: Yes
  • Roy Diblik Favorite: No

Grower Information

  • Take care not to plant too deeply
  • Best in 1-gal containers
  • Moist, well-drained soil with a 6-6.5 pH
  • Pinch plants prior to or shortly after planting
  • Follow an average watering regime
  • PGR rates to achieve sufficient control are higher on Phlox; begin applications early in the crop cycle

Pot in late summer for highest quality finished plants the following spring. Since the foliage is somewhat evergreen, growing in a cold frame under white poly is better than growing under clear cover. Hold plants cool in winter to avoid premature flowering.

  • Optimal Planting Time: Late Summer-Fall
  • Retail Sales Window: Spring
  • Moisture in Production: Average
  • Requires Shade in Production: Yes
  • Vernalization Required for Bloom: Yes
  • Vernalization Beneficial: No