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Phlox paniculata (Garden phlox, Perennial phlox)

Phlox paniculata Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Phlox paniculata floks pah-nik-yew-LAY-tah Common Name: Garden phlox, Perennial phlox 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.
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 Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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