If you're looking for a showy, spring flowering woodland native to add color to your shady landscape, then Woodland Phlox is an excellent candidate.
The five parted light blue, white or pale purple colored flowers are extremely fragrant, rivalling the fragrance of lilacs.
The Woodland Phlox in my own landscape does extremely well in the sandy, well drained soils in partial shade.
For a great color combination, combine with the bright yellow/orange flowers of Celandine Poppy ~ Stylophorum diphyllum (native to eastern North America).
I have observed Bumble Bees and Hummingbird Clearwing moths visiting the flowers of Woodland Phlox. The foliage (and flowers) can get browsed by herbivores, either deer or rabbits but I have not witnessed which is the culprit.
|Kartesz, J.T., The Biota of North America Program (BONAP).
2011. North American Plant Atlas. Chapel Hill, N.C.