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PlantFiles: Garden Phlox
Phlox paniculata 'Starfire'

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

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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:
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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7 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral saya 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).

Positive darylmitchell 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.

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

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

Positive themikeman 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.

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

Beautiful color! I love it!

Positive Dan_Brown 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

Positive poppysue 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.

Positive lupinelover 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.


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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