Phlox is a genus of about 70 species of annuals and perennials in the family Polemoniaceae, mostly native to North America.
These plants have thick, strong stems, lance-shaped leaves and clusters of small, star-shaped flowers. The flowers have five petals that come in a wide range of colors. They are hardy and easy to grow in a variety of conditions.
The genus name comes from the Greek word for flame or light, in reference to the flower color of many species.
Phlox represents harmony, friendship, partnership, unity, and compatibility.
It is also considered as the symbol of agreement.
Interesting facts about Phlox
Benefits and Uses of Phlox
These plants were used by Native American tribes for various purposes including food, medicine, meditation, decoration and hygiene.
The plant was used medicinally by several native tribes for colds, stomach aches and diarrhea.
In 19th century, these flowers were considered one of the most widely used blossoms.
Phlox Plant Data
There are many different color varieties available, such as white, yellow, pink, purple, red, lavender, rose, magenta.
Spring, Autumn, Summer
Phlox can be found in different sizes, from dwarf species only around 10 cm (4 inches) in height to some reaching 120 cm (4 ft) tall.
This plant prefers moist, but well drained soil, with a pH level between 5.0 and 6.5.