|Phlox longifolia, Okanagan wildflower among grass and wild sage|
While some may call them weeds, several of the wildflowers are still pretty closely related to the ones in our garden centers. The phlox family contains several favourites, including the low-growing rock garden Moss/Creeping Phlox (Phlox subulata) and the late summer-blooming Garden/Fall Phlox (Phlox paniculata). August in a great perennial garden is the time to appreciate Phlox paniculata. I know I fell in love with them when I saw the lovely display at Linden Gardens in nearby Kaleden a few years ago.
|Phlox subulata from my Saskatchewan garden|
A university of Michigan database includes a history of the use an infusion of this plant by Okanagan native peoples for anemia in children.
If you want to try to grow the Longleaf Phlox from seed, it needs to be germinated at cool temperatures (7°C and in the dark, according to this research from the Native Plants Journal). Maybe I need to get the cold storage room doing something other than storing canned fruit.