Common Name: Hybrid Phlox Phlox Early Start Purple

Height: 13.0-16.0 Inches

Spread: 16.0 Inches

Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8

Flower Color: Purple shades

Foliage Color: Green shades

Sunlight: Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun)

Water Requirements: Average Water Needs

Soil Quality: Average Soil Quality or Fertile Soil Quality

Soil Chemistry: Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0) or Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)

Bloomtime: Early Summer or Midsummer

Attracts Wings: Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly

Growth Rate: Medium

Garden Style: Patio Container, Cottage, Eclectic, Prairie, Rain Garden

Other Features: Border Plant, Container, Cut Flower, Cut Foliage, Fragrant Flowers, Fragrant Foliage, Mass Planting

Origin: Native to North America

 

This Hybrid Phlox looks similar to a Tall Garden Phlox, but is shorter and blooms at least three weeks earlier than P. paniculata. It is a terrific perennial for retailers looking for early color on neatly compact plants and gardeners wanting color in the garden earlier in the season.

A profusion of fragrant, bright purple blossoms with white starburst centers are borne in clusters atop the clump of narrow, dark green leaves beginning in early summer. Its naturally shorter, densely branched habit means no staking is required to keep this beauty looking its best through the summer.

 

Gardening Tips:

Phlox is unequaled for its showy blooms over a long period in summer. Though it is one of the most popular perennials available, it does require some maintenance to sustain its health and vigor.

Phlox grows best in rich, moist soil in full sun. It will thrive with bi-monthly fertilizing and consistant moisture levels. Overhead watering should be avoided since some varieties of phlox are susceptible to powdery mildew. This can be avoided or diminished by providing ample air circulation around the plants and by thinning them out periodically. Deadheading will prolong bloom time and prevent self-seeding.