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Phlox 'Wanda'

Description

'Wanda' is a hybrid phlox in the Polemoniaceae (phlox) family. This hybrid is a cross between a low mounding phlox and a taller phlox with larger flowers.  The result is a compact perennial with large flowers.  

The story goes that a woman named Wanda gave it to plant expert Allan Armitage, who in turn turned it over to the University of Georgia trial gardens.  Having never been patented, it is freely propagated by many nurseries.  Propagation from stem cuttings will give you flowers as the roots are forming. 

Deadheading will promote rebloom.  Self seeding will add to your garden.  

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Although relatively disease resistant, some that can cause issues include powdery mildew, stem canker, and rust.  Insects affecting phlox are caterpillars and leaf miners.

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#hummingbirds#showy flowers#deciduous#heat tolerant#perennials#salt tolerant#showy leaves#disease resistant#perennial flowers#border planting#cutting garden#pollinator plant#border front#humidity tolerant#compact habit#clay soils tolerant#butterfly friendly#heavy shade tolerant#container plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#hummingbirds#showy flowers#deciduous#heat tolerant#perennials#salt tolerant#showy leaves#disease resistant#perennial flowers#border planting#cutting garden#pollinator plant#border front#humidity tolerant#compact habit#clay soils tolerant#butterfly friendly#heavy shade tolerant#container plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Phlox
    Family:
    Polemoniaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    USA
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts a host of pollinators, with the butterfly leading the pack.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Buffer
    Colorful
    Easy to Grow
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Mounding
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    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
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9a, 9b, 10b, 10a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    The dark pink flowers bloom from June through October.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Glossy dark green leaves.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Straight
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Slope/Bank
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Heat
    Humidity