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 Flower,
Purple/Lavender Flower,
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders
Seasonal Interest
Fall Interest
Type
Perennials

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