Sunday, May 04, 2008

Wild Blue Phlox

Wild Blue Phlox (Phlox divaricata)

Phlox is one of the most common wildflowers in our woods. However, until I begin researching for this post, I never realize that our blue phlox and white phlox were the same species. According to Missouri Flora, blue phlox can range from blue-purple, to rose to white. Around our place, blue phlox has been blooming for about a month and it is scattered throughout the woods. White phlox is just starting to bloom and is much more confined to specific locations. Live and learn.



Tom said...

Hi Marvin
The colouring is interesting... you would expect all the same colour in one area.. in could be an indication of metals in the soil. In England and I sure many other places a plant called a Hydrangea is grown in gardens...the flower heads can be blue to a light pink. Even in a very small plot. To get these differing colours the gardeners bury scrap metal, such as iron and old nails.. Now I'm not sure which colour that brings up but thats the way its done.
Your woods might have deposits of iron or such.. but I hope is gold :O)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I didn't know that about the blue phlox either. I just love to see it blooming in the woods. There is a spot that the floor of the woods was almost pure blue one spring. It hasn't been that way since. I wish I had taken a picture of the area that year.

Anonymous said...

very nice capture

Anonymous said...

I just love their colors! Bravo

Tom said...

I thought I'd commented on this.. it must have got 'Lost In Space'
I recall gardeners who wanted to change the colour of their hydranges would dig iron pipes and nails around the back.. it would then allow blue flowers on one plant and a few feet away the other would be pink. Now I'm not certain which colour was produced this way... but it might be an indication of what minerals and metals in the soil. Lets hope the colour change of these is caused by either crude oil or gold on you land... if so remember me please :O)

Texas Travelers said...

Just wanted to say how much I admire your site.
A 51 nature site rating. WOW.

Great phlox photo.
They are really hard to photograph since digital cameras don't do well with that color due to the internal ir filter.


Sandpiper (Lin) said...

Beautiful picture! I love phlox! I'm catching up here this morning. I enjoyed your previous posts, too!

Willard said...

Hi Marvin,
I am commenting here to cover all of your recent posts. I have been away for awhile and missed some of them until now.

I really like your flower shots! They are exceptional and it is very interesting to read about the artfest.