Garden phlox

Phlox paniculata

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Garden phlox (Phlox paniculata)
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Genus:  Phlox
This sturdy, upright perennial reaches 2 to 4 feet tall. In July and August, and through September with deadheading, it bears flowers in shades of white, coral, pink, red, lavender, and violet, depending on the cultivar. Some have a lighter or darker eye, and others have variegated leaves. Many of the cultivars are fragrant; scent is most noticeable at night.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Best known and latest-blooming phlox. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. When allowed to self-seed, cultivars may revert to a more vigorous plant with lavender-rose flowers.
Care:  Grow in fertile, moist soil.
Propagation:  Divide in autumn or spring.
Problems:  Powdery mildew, stem canker, rust, Southern blight, stem nematodes, Cercospora and Septoria leaf spots, leaf miners, and caterpillars.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Fragrant Flowers,
Native,
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Pink,
Purple,
White
Uses
Beds and Borders
Seasonal Interest
Fall Interest
Type
Perennials

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