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Phlox paniculata 'Peppermint Twist'

Family: Polemoniaceae (po-le-moh-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phlox (floks) (Info)
Species: paniculata (pan-ick-yoo-LAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Peppermint Twist
Additional cultivar information: (PP18196)
Hybridized by Verschoor; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2007

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

15 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
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:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive kooger On Aug 4, 2014, kooger from Oostburg, WI (Zone 5b) wrote:

This flower is so pretty; I lots of comments about it. Usually I have a few stalks that are pink but this year I also have two white stalks. I really like the combo of all three but will remove some of the reverted stalks if they start becoming too plentiful.

Positive SunnyBorders On Dec 28, 2008, SunnyBorders from Aurora, ON (Zone 5a) wrote:

I would say positive, but have a problem mentioned by erdooley. I purchased four of this cultivar for my garden in 2007 from a garden center. They were in flower. This year (2008) all four flowered again and looked healthy (no weak or spindly stalks). However, two of these plants had pink-only flowered stalks along with stalks with the expected pink and white pin-wheel flowers.

'Peppermint Twist' arose as a branch mutation of 'Candy Floss' (Jan Verschoor (2006?)), which is pink. The patent description of 'Peppermint Twist' says "The phenotype may vary somewhat with variations in environment and cultural practices such as temperature and light intensity without, however, any variance in genotype".

I did E-mail Darwin PlantSpotters (the introducers), on Aug 8, 2008, about the apparent reversions to the parental type and am mildly irritated to have received no reply. I still like 'Peppermint Twist' and for that matter, 'Candy Floss'!

Neutral erdooley On Aug 7, 2008, erdooley from Decatur, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is a beautiful plant, if it performs for you. I orderd 5, but some of the stalks were weak and spindly, and some of the blooms were solid pink instead of white and pink. I'd say 2 of the plants are robust, but have mixed blooms (as you can see in my photo), and the other 3 were punier. I don't know if the quality of plants I received was due to the fact that's a new variety, or it was a crummy mail order company. (I can't remember who it was...) Still worth it I guess, because it's stunning!


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

Lanett, Alabama
Decatur, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Hebron, Kentucky
Marlborough, Massachusetts
Brooklyn, New York
Raleigh, North Carolina
New Castle, Pennsylvania
Manassas, Virginia
Vancouver, Washington
Oostburg, Wisconsin

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