Phlox paniculata ' Starfire'

Starfire Garden Phlox

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Starfire Garden Phlox is a native perennial with a bushy habit and stiff stems covered with lance-shaped foliage that emerges with maroon tinting but matures to dark green.  Dense pyramidal panicles of fragrant bright deep red flowers bloom from mid summer into fall.  Best flowering in full sun and rich, moist, well-drained soils.

Phlox paniculata provides nectar to butterflies, skippers, Sphinx and Hummingbird moths, and hummingbirds.  

Type: 

Perennial

Height: 

2' - 3'

Spread: 

1.5' - 2’

Spacing: 

1.5’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

4 - 8

Culture: 

Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color: 

Red

Season of Interest:

SummerFall

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Medium Maintenance.  Water regularly, but do not water from overhead or overcrowd plants to avoid powdery mildew.  Cut to ground and clean garden area in winter helps prevent mildew infection in next growing season.  Spider mites can be a problem in hot and dry climates. Taller stems may need staking. Deadheading prolongs bloom.

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, Borders, , Naturalized AreasRock GardensWildlife GardenNative Garden, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS: BeardtongueSpeedwell, Clematis 

IMAGE: Photo by David J. Stang, Phlox paniculata Starfire 0zzCC BY-SA 4.0

 

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