Exposure: Full-Partial Sun Soil: Dry-Medium Wet Height: 2 feet Bloom: June
Notable Features: Ideal wildflower for home landscaping. Very well-behaved, and the flower is a show-stopper. Seeds spread by catapult, so enjoy it if it seeds around (we wish it did more). TLC FAVORITE! The shape of any Phlox is a good example of how it has evolved with the needs of the butterfly visitor in mind. The flat, broad petals serve as a landing area and the deep and narrow tube in the center of the flower is ideal for a butterfly or moth tongue.
Supports: The nectar of the flowers attracts primarily long-tongued bees, butterflies, and skippers. Other visitors include moths and bee flies. Among the bee visitors are bumblebees, Anthophorine bees, little carpenter bees (Ceratina spp.), cuckoo bees (Nomada spp.), and green metallic bees (Agapostemon spp.). Butterfly and skipper visitors include the American Painted Lady, Sulfur butterflies, Swallowtail butterflies, and Cloudywing skippers. The caterpillars of a moth, Schinia indiana (Prairie Phlox Flower Moth), feeds on the flowers and developing seeds of Prairie Phlox.