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The flowers of Woodland Phlox often have a wonderful fragrance and it is a beautiful plant. Compared to other Phlox spp. (Phlox species), the flowers of this subspecies of Woodland Phlox are more blue-violet and less pink in color. However, there is some variation in the color of the flowers across different areas. This subspecies of Woodland Phlox (Phlox divaricata laphamii) has corolla lobes with rounded or bluntly angular tips. In contrast, the typical subspecies of Woodland Phlox (Phlox divaricata divaricata) has corolla lobes with shallowly notched tips. The corolla lobes of these subspecies are never deeply cleft like those of Phlox bifida (Sand Phlox). The leaves of Woodland Phlox are usually more broad than the leaves of other Phlox species, especially those that prefer sunny areas. This is also one of the few Phlox species that produces clumps of infertile shoots. These infertile shoots store energy in the roots for the early production of next year's fertile shoots and flowers.


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Source: Illinois Wildflowers

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