Leafy meadow phlox is imperiled in the state of Missouri, as Missouri serves as the eastern-most range for this subspecies. This subspecies exhibits pyramidal-shaped, pinkish-purple flower panicles and blooms from August to October. In the wild, it typically grows in moist meadows, low woods and riverbanks.
This attractive native species may also appeal to home gardeners. Meadow phlox is an excellent summer-blooming plant for the perennial border, cottage garden, wildflower meadow or native plant garden. It is attractive to butterflies, birds and hummingbirds. Meadow phlox can be easily grown in moderately fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to light shade. It prefers moist, organically rich soils in full sun.