Phlox divaricata 'May Breeze' - woodland phlox
Phlox divaricata 'May Breeze' - woodland phlox

Phlox divaricata 'May Breeze' - woodland phlox

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Butterfly FriendlyPart ShadeBird Friendly

woodland phlox
Phlox divaricata 'May Breeze'

This delightful spring-blooming native for shade will carpet the shady border with nearly white blooms in late April and May. 'May Breeze' loves to fill its way around bulbs, shrubs, and other perennials in the garden and is an outstanding nectar source for native spring butterflies!

  • Excellent source of early nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds
  • Tiger swallowtail butterflies find the flowers especially attractive
  • Fragrant, showy spring flowers
  • Foliage is burgundy in winter
  • Great ground cover in shade gardens and woodlands
  • Low maintenance and easy to grow

Native Range

Moist fields from Pennsylvania west to South Dakota and south to the Gulf of Mexico.

Map Credit: The Biota of North America 
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)


The fragrance is an important factor in attracting pollinators. Just as there are many flower shapes and colors that have adapted to attract particular species, there are many different floral scents to stimulate and guide selected pollinators.



Prefers humus-rich, moisture yet well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. Appreciates a light summer mulch which helps retain moisture and keep roots cool.


Mature Size: 12-15"T x 10-12"W

Hardiness Zone: 4-8

Sun Exposure: Part to full shade


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