Phlox paniculata

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Phlox paniculata
Phlox paniculata
Phlox paniculata

Summer Phlox
Phlox paniculata flower.jpg
Binomial: Phlox paniculata
Family: Polemoniaceae
Type: herbaceous perennial

Phlox paniculata is an herbaceous perennial widely grown for its showy panicles of large, sweet-scented flowers borne from early summer through autumn.


The plants are clump-forming and erect, with terminal panicles of trumpet-shaped flowers. Flower colors vary from white through pink, red, purple, and nearly blue.

Growing Conditions[edit]

Performs best in full sun with humus-rich, well-drained soils.


Numerous varieties are available in the trade. Modern cultivars have been selected for resistance to powdery mildews.


Grown for the showy flowers, which are also attractive to both hummingbirds and butterflies. Flowers hold up well in the vase as well.


Deadheading encourages rebloom.


Self-sows readily. Cultivars are generally reproduced by cuttings or tissue culture.


Pests and Diseases[edit]

Powdery mildew is a serious issue for this species. See ..Phlox/ for a list of pests and diseases affecting the genus.