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Annual Phlox Phlox drummondii

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FLOKS druh-MON-dee-eye
Description

Annual Phlox is a showy blooming annual native to grasslands and meadows in Texas but has naturalized throughout the southeastern US along roadsides and fields. The 1-inch flowers come in white, red, and shades of pink or lavender with a lighter contrasting center eye. It blooms spring to early-summer and possibly again in the fall. It generally grows 6-12 inches high and wide and will reseed itself under good conditions.

Annual phlox prefers sandy well-drained soils but can be established in any well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. It has moderate to high drought tolerance.

 

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Phloxy Lady'
'Phloxy Lady'
Tags:
#hummingbirds#red#white#sun#partial shade#small spaces#annual#lavender#container plant#pink flowers#fall interest#meadow#cpp#edging#multistemmed#summer flowers#pastures#groundcover#woodland#naturalizes#rock gardens#self-seeding#spring interest#native wildflower#prairies#border front#sandy soils tolerant#walkways#butterfly friendly#roadside
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Phloxy Lady'
'Phloxy Lady'
Tags:
#hummingbirds#red#white#sun#partial shade#small spaces#annual#lavender#container plant#pink flowers#fall interest#meadow#cpp#edging#multistemmed#summer flowers#pastures#groundcover#woodland#naturalizes#rock gardens#self-seeding#spring interest#native wildflower#prairies#border front#sandy soils tolerant#walkways#butterfly friendly#roadside
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Phlox
    Species:
    drummondii
    Family:
    Polemoniaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Texas
    Distribution:
    AL , AR , CT , FL , GA , LA , MD , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA , VT
    Wildlife Value:
    The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Colorful
    Defines Paths
    Easy to Grow
    Fragrance
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 3 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Ground Cover
    Native Plant
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Mounding
    Multi-stemmed
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    The fruit is dry and splits open when ripe
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Trumpet
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    fused petals
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are trumpet-shaped with a short tube and 5 star-shaped petals in terminal clusters. It blooms April to June and occasionally again in the fall. Colors vary and the center eye is a lighter color.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Soft
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Oblanceolate
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are up to 3 inch long sticky, glandular, hairy clasping leaves. Lower leaves are opposite and upper leaves alternate.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Hanging Baskets
    Slope/Bank
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Children's Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought