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Phlox divaricata 'May Breeze'

May Breeze woodland phlox

Sweet William is an excellent woodland perennial, tolerant of a variety of soils from sand to clay, and even to the emanations of black walnut. The foliage stays low to the ground, spreading to supply groundcover throughout the growing season, but stems laden with majorly fragrant flowers erupt in spring. 'May Breeze' is a white-blooming, small-statured cultivar developed in the Netherlands and popularized in the horticultural industry by garden designer Piet Oudolf. Plant in rock gardens, along stream banks, and in woodland gardens for a strong spring showing that beguiles pollinators and humans alike.

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Height: 8-12 in
Spread: 8-12 in
Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Bloom Color: White

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Part Shade
Soil Moisture
Not Ecotypic in New England
Ornamental Interest
Spring Bloom
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Bees
Attracts Butterflies
Additional Attributes
Low Maintenance
Landscape Use
Growth Habit

North American Distribution

May Breeze woodland phlox - Phlox divaricata 'May Breeze' from Native Plant Trust