Carolina Phlox

Phlox carolina

Regular price $15

Container size:
4.5 in. wide x 5 in. deep / 32 fl. oz.

Carolina Phlox is a lovely long-flowering native with clusters of purple-pink flowers. It provides a splash of color after most spring blooms have finished and before many summer perennials start to flower.

  • Compact habit
  • Flowers attract pollinators
  • Long flowering period


  • 20 to 30 inches tall and 12 to 24 inches wide
  • Clump-forming habit
  • Hardy in USDA hardiness zones 6, 7, 8, and 9

Flowering period

In central North Carolina, flowering starts in mid to late May and continues well into July.

How to grow

Prefers sun, though plants will still bloom in part shade. Planting in moist, well-drained soil will produce strong growth and lots of flowers.

Care and maintenance

Cut back dead stems before growth starts in the spring. Trimming back plants by half after flowering in summer will often promote another flush of flowers in the fall.

Where to plant

At the front of flower beds, patio gardens, and along paths.

When to plant

Carolina Phlox can be planted year-round in the South, with spring and fall being the best times for plant and gardener.


Between two and three feet apart when planting in a group.

When will my plant flower?

Plants purchased before May should produce some flowers in their first year.

Native habitat and range

Carolina Phlox can be found growing along woodland borders throughout the eastern United States.

Source and origin

Discovered as a chance seedling in our garden, it has proved itself to be vigorous and free-flowering. Plants are grown from cuttings here at the nursery.

States Orders up to $50 Orders $51 to $100 Orders over $100
AL, DE, GA, KY, MD, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, and WV $16 $18 $20
AR, CT, FL, IL, IN, LA, MA, MI, MO, MS, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT, and WI $18 $20 $22
IA, KS, ME, MN, OK, and TX $20 $22 $24
CO, NE, ND, and SD $22 $24 $26


Sorry, we can't ship plants outside of the continental United States or to AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NM, NV, OR, UT, and WA due to agriculture restrictions.

When will my order be shipped?

All plants are shipped within two weeks of placing an order.

Is it okay to plant in the winter?

Yes, as long as the soil is not frozen. Planting native perennials in winter and early spring gives your plants a head start before the summer heat arrives.

What if it’s too cold to plant where I live, but I want to buy a plant before it sells out?

Dormant plants can safely be kept in a basement, garage, or cool room until you are ready to plant in late winter or early spring.

How will my plants get delivered?

Most orders are shipped on Monday or Tuesday via UPS Ground, which depending on the destination takes between 1 to 4 days.

Are your plants shipped in their containers?

Yes, all our plants are shipped in their growing containers. The majority are grown in containers that are 4.5 inches wide by 5 inches deep and 32 fl. oz. / 946 ml in volume.

Do you guarantee your plants?

We guarantee our plants to be healthy, ready for planting and correctly named. We are not able to guarantee whether a plant will grow in your garden as there are too many circumstances that are beyond our control.
On rare occasions, a plant shipped dormant may fail to emerge from its dormancy. If this happens, please let us know. If you are concerned about a plant, please contact us within 14 days to let us know. If we can’t help you make it grow, we’ll send you a new plant or issue a refund.

Can I return my plants?

You can return your plants if you no longer want them once they arrive. To receive a refund (minus 20% restocking fee) the plants must be returned in good condition. Return shipping is the customer’s responsibility. 

Can I cancel my order?

Yes, you can cancel your order. Please visit our terms and service page for details.

What about sales tax?

We propagate our own plants and are not required to collect North Carolina sales tax.

Where can I find information about your plants?

Here are some FAQ on how we grow plants.