Wild Sweet William or Woodland Phlox is a beautiful and beloved wildflower that can brighten a shady area in need of spring color, — ranging from a soft exquisite true blue to lavender and occasionally, white. It occupies a position between the low groundcover phloxes and the tall garden phloxes. During its vegetative growth, Woodland Phlox remains a low, sprawling, deep green, groundcovering colony (even in winter), usually remaining shorter than a foot. However, when it begins to flower — and it is a valuable early season nectar source — it sends up stalks that can reach 18 inches or more of the superb, soft blue, supporting many long-tongued pollinators. These flowering stalks usually last between 4 to 6 weeks before dying back, leaving the non-flowering shoots to accumulate energy for the next season’s show. Woodland Phlox does self sow as well as rooting at the nodes of prostrate stems, making it ideal for naturalizing, but it is not difficult to contain. Although it is a woodland plant, some exposure to dappled sun will keep P. divaricata free of mildew in the garden. Planted in rich, moist, organic soil in partial shade locations, this long lived species can be a stunning addition to the garden or naturalized area.