Description from Possibility Place: Prairie Phlox is a species that is small in height but frequently bushes out to cover relatively large areas. As with other Phlox, it puts on quite a flower show, producing an abundance of pink to light purple flower clusters late spring to early summer, lasting 3 to 4 weeks. The flowers are fragrant and attract a range of bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
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*Dame’s Rocket, an invasive, non-native plant in the mustard family is often confused as being a native Phlox. It blooms at relatively the same time as Phlox divaricata, P. pilosa, and P. maculata. The easiest way to distinguish Dame’s Rocket is the four flower petals while true native Phlox have five petals. Dame’s Rocket also has alternate leaves and Phlox has opposite leaves.