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PlantFiles: Garden Phlox
Phlox paniculata 'Peacock Carmine Star'

Family: Polemoniaceae (po-le-moh-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phlox (floks) (Info)
Species: paniculata (pan-ick-yoo-LAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Peacock Carmine Star
Additional cultivar information: (Peacock series)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid 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:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings

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
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive themikesmom On Oct 17, 2011, themikesmom from Concord, NC wrote:

Also known as Cultivar 'Peacock Purple Bi-color', this 'Carmine Star' or just 'Carmine' Phlox, is very similar to 'Laura' but much more brilliant standout purple rose color with even larger bright white star centers. Very beautiful and hardy variety, as when my Lauras burn out from the intense NC heat, this variety, which they have sold at Lowes the last two years, is what I have been replacing them with.

Positive aegir On Apr 26, 2011, aegir from Bethesda, MD wrote:

This has been a strong and reliable phlox in my zone 6 garden, hardy, no powdery mildew issues and cranks out flowers for months, I have mine on the north side of my house in part shade and it does quite well.


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

Bethesda, Maryland
Concord, North Carolina

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