August 17, 2017

Once in a Blue Moon

Phlox divaricata 'Blue Moon'

Mark Uchneat Photo | Phlox divaricata ‘Blue Moon’

The story goes like this: Someone happened to notice this plant growing near the nursery at the New England Wildflower Society. It was a new cultivar of Phlox divaricata, or wild blue phlox or woodland phlox. The native plant had sent up a new variety, something that comes once in a blue moon. And so P. divaricata ‘Blue Moon’ was born. Hardy to Zone 3, this perennial grows about a foot tall, with blue, fragrant flowers. The bloom time is a good one, late spring and into early summer. It actually likes a bit of shade to do its best, yet another good reason for its ‘Blue Moon’ moniker.

Photographed by Mark Uchneat.

Phlox divaricata 'Blue Moon'

Mark Uchneat Photo | Phlox divaricata ‘Blue Moon’