Phlox divaricata
Family: Polemoniaceae
blue phlox, forest phlox, wild blue phlox, wild sweet-William, woodland phlox
Phlox divaricata image
Merel R. Black  
Etymology: Phlox: from the Greek phlox, "flame," ancient name of Lychnis of the Caryophyllaceae
Plants: erect, perennial, 12"-20" tall forb
Leaves: mostly opposite, not divided, oblong with a blunt end, 1"-2" long
Flowers: pale purple to blue (occasionally white), 5-parted, 3/4"-1" wide, funnel-shaped, stalked, lobes not notched, tube narrow; inflorescence a loosely-branched, glandular-hairy cluster (cyme); blooms April-June
Habitat: moderate moisture to moist; woods, forests, cliffs; in rich soil
Conservation Status: Native