Phlox DivaricataEarly-Flowering Lychnidea
- Class and Order
- Pentandria Monogynia
- Generic Character
- Corolla hypocrateriformis. Filamenta inæqualia. Stigma 3-fidum. Cal. prismaticus. Caps. 3-locularis, i-sperma
- PHLOX divaricata foliis lato-lanceolatis: superioribus alternis, caule bifido, pedunculis geminis. Linn. Syst. Vegetab, p. 199. Ait. Hort. Kew. p. 206
- LYCHNIDEA virginiana, alsines aquaticæ foliis, floribus in ramulis divaricatis. Pluk. Mant. 121?
Most of the plants of this genus are natives of North-America, and remarkable for their beauty; they were first introduced under the name of Lychnidea, which, though a Latin term, is now familiarized to the English ear.
Mr. Aiton has given to this species the name of early-flowering, it coming much sooner into blossom than any of the others, beginning to flower in May with the yellow Alyssum; its blossoms, however, are not of so long duration, nor so ornamental as some others of the same family.
It seldom exceeds a foot in height, and, on this account, may be regarded as a suitable rock-plant.
It rarely ripens its seeds with us, but is readily increased either by cuttings or layers; succeeds best in a pure air and a situation moderately dry.
Like most other American plants, it is of modern introduction, was cultivated by Mr. Miller, in 1758, and figured in his Icones.