Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


Phlox pilosa Prairie Phlox

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

Phlox pilosa

Visit the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Services to view a map indicating the natural range of Wild Phlox

Prairie Phlox
Prairie Phlox

Wildlife Significance

Nectar - Nectar - Phlox provides pollen or nectar for numerous insects including: long - tongued bees, miner bees, Cuckoo bees,  moths  and bee flies.

Nectar Source - American Painted Lady, Sulfurs, Swallowtails, Cloudywings and Grass skippers

Phlox Specialists -
Perdita:Miner Bees are one of our native pollinators that are specific as to which plant species they visit. Plox along with asters, sunflowers, and willows provide the necessary nutrients to keep this bee species healthy.8

Deer - This spring I noticed cheery, purple, Prairie Phlox speckled numerous Rails to Trails bicycle paths; I decided that I would give it a whirl even though it may never make it to the farmer’s market. It turns out this plant is very popular with deer, rabbits, groundhogs and several caterpillars.

For details on Prairie Phlox visit the Illinois Wildlife website.

 Seed Provenance 

Prairie Moon Nursery - Winona, MN - Fall 2011 - NOG 2015

Phlox pilosa
May 15, 2013 - Phlox Blooming

Cultivation Information

Phlox pilosa -  Prairie Phlox
Height - 1 to 2 ft
Flower Color
- bright pink
Blooms - May - June
Sun - sun to light shade

Hardy Zone - 4 to 9

Soil - moist to slightly dry
pH -
Family - Polemoniaceae

Photo - Prairie Moon Nursery
Tiger Swallow Tail
Tiger Swallow Tail

Propagation Notes -

Cold Storage -60 days - Small Zip lock plastic bag with a few table spoons of  moistened vermiculite

Seeds planted - 2-14-2012

Sprouted - 2-22-2012

Night Temperature - 61 - 63°F

Day Temperature - 64 - 65°F - Under florescent lights