This lovely wildflower is native to rich forests and fields in portions of the Mid-Atlantic Region including NoVA (except Prince William County).* As the species name divaricata suggests, this shade-loving phlox has a spreading habit, making it a good woodland ground cover.
* It is native in DC. It is adventive (non-native, escaping from cultivation to roadsides) in DE and absent in the northeastern counties of PA. In VA, it is frequent to locally common in the mountains and Piedmont and rare in the inner Coastal Plain.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.