Wild Blue Phlox in a wooded area on the Sweet Marsh in northeast Iowa. USA

Wild blue phlox, Louisiana phlox, Blue woodland phlox, Sweet william, Wild sweet william
Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)

The decumbent stem of wild blue phlox roots at the nodes sending up erect branches 8-18 in. Loose, flat clusters of fragrant, lavender or pink flowers with notched petals occur at the top of these stems. The leaves on decumbent stems are broader than those on flowering stems. A loose cluster of slightly fragrant, light blue flowers tops a somewhat sticky stem that produces leafy, creeping shoots at the base.

This beautiful species is most common in midwestern woods and fields. It is sometimes known as Wild Sweet William, a name also given to P. maculata. The mature plants in the eastern part of the range have notched petals; those in the western do not. The basal runners of the lovely Creeping Phlox (P. stolonifera) form large patches; it has fewer stem leaves and fewer flowers in its clusters; it occurs from Pennsylvania and Ohio south to northern Georgia.


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  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 1 year ago


  • Thank you, Rick!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseover 1 year ago

    A very pretty natural capture Lori….

  • Thank you so much, Sharon!!

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  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 1 year ago

    Lovely shot Lori

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  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 1 year ago

    A lovely find and capture

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  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyover 1 year ago

    Beautiful Lori! Excellent details and colours!

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  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenover 1 year ago

    Lovely shot Lorilee

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  • Jack Ryan
    Jack Ryanover 1 year ago

    Very pretty…nicely done.

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  • barnsis
    barnsisover 1 year ago

    Beautiful soft color, great wild flowers

  • Thank you so much, Byron & Julie!!

    – lorilee

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 1 year ago

    Lovely flowers and photo!

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    – lorilee

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 1 year ago

    Beautiful work.

  • Thank you, Julie!!! :o)

    – lorilee

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