Garden Phlox 'Starfire'

Phlox paniculata

Family: Polemoniaceae (po-le-moh-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phlox (floks) (Info)
Species: paniculata (pan-ick-yoo-LAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Starfire



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 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



Bloom Color:

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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


Anchorage, Alaska

Williford, Arkansas

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Oxford, Connecticut

Chicago, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Plainfield, Illinois

Iowa City, Iowa

Hebron, Kentucky

Elm Grove, Louisiana

Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Commerce Township, Michigan

Piedmont, Missouri

Auburn, New Hampshire

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Jefferson, New York

Concord, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Bucyrus, Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio

Walterville, Oregon

Albion, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Aberdeen, South Dakota

Knoxville, Tennessee

Fort Worth, Texas

West Rutland, Vermont

Stuarts Draft, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Kirkland, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 15, 2014, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Phlox 'Starfire' is hybridized by Ruys and introduced in 1937. It is still in culture and it has received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit (AGM).


On Jun 9, 2012, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

Great tall phlox with brilliant colour, although I planted it in a semi-shady area and it leans toward the light. I would plant it in full sun next time.


On Jun 12, 2011, roseaholic from Williford, AR wrote:

Beautiful in my garden!! Love this one!!! :)


On Jul 9, 2010, themikeman from Concord, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

The most beautiful colored phlox i have in my garden!!!, it's a magenta rose color!!! mike.


On Jul 27, 2007, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

Beautiful color! I love it!


On May 29, 2004, Dan_Brown from Elm Grove, LA wrote:

I have two shades of this lovely perennial in my front lawn and have grown to love it. It divides easily and has bloomed faithfully for about 8 years. Mine gets about 4 ft high in full sun and the butterflys and hummingbirds love it. All places I have planted it, it has spread into pads of about 3 ft in diameter and shows no sign of slowing down. Sometimes I have cut a edge off with a shovel and given it away and no one has failed to estabish it that I have given it to. Highly recommended!
Blessed, Dan Brown, Elm Grove, LA


On Mar 14, 2003, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

One of the best and brightest phlox cultivars. It's tuff as nails and has been a staple in my perennial garden.


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

'Starfire' reblooms well if it is deadheaded after the initial flush is finished.