'Shortwood' is a wonderful Phlox with big heads of pink flowers accented by darker pink centers. The individual flowers are packed into 6-12" long pyramidal clusters atop stiff, upright stems that seldom need staking. Long mid- to late summer bloom sometimes extends into early fall.
Perfect as long lasting, fragrant cut flowers
Drought tolerant once established
Easy to grow and powdery mildew tolerant
Butterflies, bees and hummingbirds love its bloom
Found in rich, open woods, thickets, meadows and moist roadsides.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
About 575 species of butterflies are seen regularly in the lower 48 states of the United States. In most parts of the United States, you can find roughly 100 species of butterflies near your home.
Will grow in full sun or light shade in well-drained soil with consist moisture. Does not tolerate drought so needs to be watered in dry spells. A light summer mulch helps retain soil moisture and keeps roots cool. Remove faded flowers to prolong bloom. Needs good air circulation (space well and thin out stems as needed) to help combat potential powdery mildew problems.