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PlantFiles: Annual Phlox, Drummond's Phlox
Phlox drummondii

Family: Polemoniaceae (po-le-moh-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phlox (floks) (Info)
Species: drummondii (drum-AWN-dee-eye) (Info)

Synonym:Phlox drummondii subsp. drummondii

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22 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral wildmudpuppy On Jun 8, 2010, wildmudpuppy from Lula, GA wrote:

I just picked one of these phlox from a roadside here in North Georgia. We've been seeing patches of these bright bluish pink flowers blooming along roadsides here and thought we'd like to identify it and grow it at home. Please put Georgia on your list of places this grows naturally!

Positive SandyRN On Feb 19, 2007, SandyRN from Blackwood, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

These can be sown outdoors pretty early when the weather is cool. They seem to bloom so quickly. They self-sow for me here in NJ. They have never "come back" once the heat of the summer takes over, even if I cut them back. So once they're done blooming, I just pull them.

Positive bmuller On Mar 15, 2005, bmuller from Albuquerque, NM (Zone 7a) wrote:

I know that this plant is supposed to be an annual. However, after planting it from seed last year and watching it bloom successfully during the late summer and fall, I noticed this year (in February-March) that it is back--stronger than ever (hasn't bloomed yet, of course--too early). I'd like to know if anyone else has had this experience.

Positive KMensen On Feb 12, 2005, KMensen from Cedar Rapids, IA wrote:

Annual Phlox is a favorite around here. They are great for butterfly gardens. However powdery mildew is a big problem due to our heat and humidity. I find just using a fungicide preventively will keep it under control.

Positive lupinelover On Jan 29, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Annual phlox usually must be grown from seed: few garden stores carry them in market packs. They are definitely worth the trouble. They bloom in 2 months from seed, and the blooms keep coming. Cut them back after a couple months, and they will continue to bloom and grow the rest of the summer.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama
Montevallo, Alabama
Oak View, California
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Bradley, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Lake Helen, Florida
Melbourne, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Lula, Georgia
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Halifax, Massachusetts
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Tryon, North Carolina
Grove City, Ohio
Baker City, Oregon
North Augusta, South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Brazoria, Texas
Portland, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Orem, Utah
Kalama, Washington
Olympia, Washington

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