Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
In the Mid-Atlantic Region, this attractive wildflower is most common in Pennsylvania. In Virginia its occurrence is spotty, although it is native to Fairfax County. At home in moist woods and along stream banks, this Phlox family member features leaflets arranged like rungs on a ladder (the ladder dreamt of by Jacob in the Bible story), thus the common name.
Do you know the name of the part of this plant that makes sure its blossoms are oriented to attract pollinators?