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PlantFiles: Garden Phlox
Phlox paniculata 'David'

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

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43 members have or want this plant for trade.

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 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:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


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:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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13 positives
1 neutral
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral MrMoose On Oct 18, 2012, MrMoose from GREENBRAE, CA wrote:

I am always looking for wonderful plants to add to my garden. I have one major issue - deer. How does this plant do with deer roaming the yard?


Positive Gabrielle On Feb 28, 2012, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Beautiful white blooms really brighten an area. Blooms July-September in my garden.

Positive Penannophia On May 23, 2011, Penannophia from Whitehouse Station, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

Lovely and easy. All I do is water from a drip line once in awhile and it gets to 4 feet with loads of flowers. This year I have to pay more attention to the seed heads, though...I have "David" coming up all over the garden right now.

Positive Eldine On May 20, 2011, Eldine from Wellsville, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

Mine has not grown as tall as indicated but its gotten slowly bigger over the years and the blooms are a beautiful bright white. No mildew in my zone 4 garden. Update 2014- still have this and have divided it to have more. It now grows to at least 3 feet and I've never had a problem with deer eating it.

Negative TNgrandma On Apr 30, 2011, TNgrandma from Crossville, TN wrote:

When I lived in IL, I grew David garden phlox without any problems. Growing it in TN where I now live, I try to fight the mildew problems, but have not had success. I will thin them this year to see if I can eradicate the mildew. I still love this cultivar!

Positive aebloom On Aug 27, 2010, aebloom from Potomac, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is one of my very favorite plants! Grows up to four feet high with little or no care. Wonderful fragrance! No diseases at all. Blooms seven weeks, incredible. Highest recommendation.

Negative MiniPonyFarmer On May 30, 2010, MiniPonyFarmer from Gilmer, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Maybe I'm just too impatient. In the two years that I had David in my yard, it never got more than 10" tall, and only had a single stem and a single bloom cluster. After devoting lots of space anticipating that it would fill out and get taller/wider, I got tired of waiting on it and David was escorted to the compost pile. Foliage was healthy, just stayed very tiny. When I yanked it, there was not an extensive root system, just something like a single taproot.

Positive riceke On Jun 26, 2009, riceke from Snellville, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Absolutely indestructible..withstands drought..very little if any mildew..always blooms through the summer. About 3-4' in my yard in average Georgia clay.

Positive opera_fiore On Jul 2, 2007, opera_fiore from Fayetteville, AR wrote:

This plant makes me happy! I have a 50 year old specimen in my front yard, around it are yellow roses and white begonias. Pest free, disease free, the only issue are the HUGE mop heads that need staking. I fertilize with a high nitrogen food every two weeks, and got stunning results.

Positive lee_ro On Jun 28, 2007, lee_ro from Raleigh, NC wrote:

When I arrived at the nursery last weekend in the distance, I saw miniature clouds and immediately asked an employee what kind of flower I was looking at. The billowing white blossoms were those of David. I was smitten, and purchased one for my own garden. The scent is subtle, sweet and lovely. I planted it next to a pair of amazingly proflic and beautiful wine and white colored moscheutos shrubs. Also nearby is purple setcreasea. The tall, pretty cloud of phlox looks great next to the huge disc sized hibiscus blooms.

I live on a street called Whitebud Dr, and either ironically or intentionally most of the landscaping plants on our street are white: azaleas, dogwood, yucca, candytuft as groundcover, crepe myrtle, gardenia, and so on. I decided to try to make white the predominant color in my garden to play into the "Whitebud" theme, and so if my newly purchased David does well I would love to purchase a few more for pillowy presence. Beautiful!

Positive SummerRain On Aug 12, 2006, SummerRain from Naperville, IL wrote:

Absolutely love this plant! I look forward to the tall, fragrant blooms mid to late summer. Never had a problem with powdery mildew or having to stake the rather stately, top heavy stems. Plus once the initial bloom is over, there is usually a smaller rebloom right after. My plant gets a little partial shade in late afternoon but doesn't seem to mind. I can highly recommend David to anyone looking for a mid-to late summer white blooming (fragrant!) flower.

Positive RDT On Mar 8, 2005, RDT from Crossville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is a wonderful fragrant phlox.
Although this phlox is touted to resist mildew I still try to avoid overhead watering.
For better-branched plants, try pinching out the tips of the phlox when they are about 9 inches high. THE Best

Positive northgrass On Mar 7, 2005, northgrass from West Chazy, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

This is a very large plant, growing to 4 feet. Nice large trusses of pure white bloosoms. No problems other than some of the stems are sometimes knocked down by heavy rain and winds. Mine is growing in part shade, next to a white spruce.

Positive SalmonMe On Oct 23, 2004, SalmonMe from Springboro, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Lovely cultivar. Reportedly resistant to powdery mildew, but its a good idea to give this plant plenty of room for air circulation and to keep it thinned to 5 or so major stems. Also, water at the base instead of overhead. Deadhead for a long bloom period.

Positive starshine On Aug 9, 2003, starshine from Bend, OR (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is one of the sweetest fragances I have ever enjoyed. The blooms are long lasting clusters at the top of a tall stem. They are exellant for attracting butterflies.
Companion plants: Rudbeckia, Coreopsis and Veronica.
Prefers well drained, consistent soil.

Positive wanahca On Jan 18, 2003, wanahca from Sarasota, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

A lovely, strong plant with huge clusters of disk shaped white flowers. It shows good resistance to mildew, although watering at the base is still recommended as with all paniculata cultivars. Overhead watering promotes the incidence of powdery mildew as do afternoon and evening rains.
For optimum growth and flowering in the summer, Phlox should have plenty of fertilizer and water. Although some years I was unable to give them any special attention at all, the "Davids" still grew beautifully as other cultivars limped along.
Deadhead to prolong the bloom period. This plant, if allowed, will self seed freely, and being white I was never concerned about inferior colors in the offspring - just happy to have more of them.
When I grew them at my old home in Zone 5a, they preferred full sun, although many books on herbaceous ornamental plants say they will do well in partial shade too.
They will need to be staked and should be protected from the wind as they are unable to hold up their huge, heavy heads without a bit of assistance.
I now live too far south to enjoy this plant, but for all of you in the proper zones, this beauty is a wonderful, strong addition to any garden.


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

Birmingham, Alabama
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Parker, Colorado
Glastonbury, Connecticut
New Haven, Connecticut
Oxford, Connecticut
Bear, Delaware
Wilmington, Delaware (2 reports)
Albany, Georgia
Elberton, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Snellville, Georgia
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Woodstock, Georgia
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Chicago, Illinois (2 reports)
Cicero, Illinois
Naperville, Illinois
Plainfield, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Fishers, Indiana
Macy, Indiana
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Davenport, Iowa
Pacific Junction, Iowa
Hebron, Kentucky
Taylorsville, Kentucky
Milo, Maine
South China, Maine
Millersville, Maryland
Potomac, Maryland
Amesbury, Massachusetts
Dracut, Massachusetts
Salem, Massachusetts
Springfield, Massachusetts
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Plymouth, Michigan
Lake George, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Wayzata, Minnesota
Mathiston, Mississippi
Helena, Montana
West Point, Nebraska
Winchester, New Hampshire
Whitehouse Station, New Jersey
Avoca, New York
Buffalo, New York
Croton On Hudson, New York
Granville, New York
Himrod, New York
Jefferson, New York
Kinderhook, New York
Wellsville, New York
West Kill, New York
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Mebane, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Pekin, North Dakota
Coshocton, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
Defiance, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Grove City, Ohio
Hamilton, Ohio (2 reports)
Hilliard, Ohio
Newalla, Oklahoma
Ashland, Oregon
Baker City, Oregon
Bend, Oregon (2 reports)
Portland, Oregon
Freedom, Pennsylvania
Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania
Malvern, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Port Matilda, Pennsylvania
Sarver, Pennsylvania
Tioga, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Wyoming, Pennsylvania
Manning, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina
Aberdeen, South Dakota
Crossville, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Lenoir City, Tennessee
Dallas, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas
Lewisville, Texas
Midlothian, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Provo, Utah
Charlottesville, Virginia
Leesburg, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia
Manassas, Virginia
Anacortes, Washington
Bremerton, Washington
East Port Orchard, Washington
Freeland, Washington
Hazel Dell North, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Lakewood, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
New Martinsville, West Virginia
Madison, Wisconsin
Marion, Wisconsin
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

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