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Phlox paniculata is often confused with:
Hesperis matronalis Hesperis matronalis
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Monarda didyma plant with Lantana camara 'Miss Huff' in summer in Moore County
Phlox subulata Phlox subulata
Hibiscus moscheutos Hibiscus moscheutos

Phlox paniculata

Description

Phlox paniculata, commonly known as garden phlox, is native from New York to Iowa south to Georgia, Mississippi, and Arkansas. It has escaped gardens and naturalized into areas beyond its original native range. 

Garden phlox is a staple of the perennial border. Mixes well with other perennials and provides long summer bloom. Regardless of flower color, garden phlox is attractive to hummingbirds and is a good selection for inclusion in a bird garden.

Tall phlox is one of the best-loved garden flowers.  

Fire Risk: This plant has a low flammability rating.

Seasons of Interest: 

  Leaf:                     Blooms:  Late summer            Nut/Fruit/Seed:  Fall

 

Insects, Diseases, or Other Plant Problems: Phlox is not always an easy plant to grow well. Phlox bugs, powdery mildew, and root rot can be serious problems. Spider mites can also be a problem, particularly in hot, dry conditions. Taller stems may need staking.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Delta Snow
  • Lord Clayton
Tags:
#bees#purple#fragrant#hummingbirds#fall#white#butterflies#pink#sun#partial shade#summer#blue#perennial#herbs#wildlife plant#wildflowers#showy#cpp#low flammability#deer resistant#native garden#fire resistant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Delta Snow
  • Lord Clayton
Tags:
#bees#purple#fragrant#hummingbirds#fall#white#butterflies#pink#sun#partial shade#summer#blue#perennial#herbs#wildlife plant#wildflowers#showy#cpp#low flammability#deer resistant#native garden#fire resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Phlox
    Species:
    paniculata
    Family:
    Polemoniaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern United States
    Fire Risk Rating:
    low flammability
    Wildlife Value:
    It attracts hummingbirds, bees and butterflies.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    fire in the landscape. This plant has little resistance to damage from deer.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • 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
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Garden phlox has fragrant, tubular, pink-purple to white florets (to 3/4” diameter) that are densely packed in large, tiered, domed terminal clusters (to 6-8") over a long July to September bloom period. Each individual floret has a long corolla tube and five flat petal-like lobes.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Green
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Lanceolate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Garden phlox is an upright perennial that grows in a clump to 2-4' tall and to 2-3' wide on stiff stems clad with conspicuously veined, opposite, pointed, elliptic, deep green leaves (to 4-6" long). The leaves are lanceolate (shaped like the head of a lance). The veins branch off the center vein then curve toward the tip of the leaf near the edge and connect with the next vein, forming what appears to be a vein along the edge of the leaf.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Black Walnut
    Deer
    Fire