Hardiness: USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F) USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) 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) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade
Bloom Color: Rose/Mauve
Bloom Time: Mid Summer
Foliage: Herbaceous Variegated
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: Patented
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
On Jul 20, 2008, Sneirish from Swansea, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:
This is now the third year for this plant in my garden, two that it has returned after original planting. It is a bit of a late starter to poke through the spring soil, but this year I expected it and didn't worry. It has just gotten bigger and healthier each year. The flowers are a beautiful salmon color, and the variegated foliage is very attractive. But I think I love the fragrance best - just sweet. I'm glad I found this unusual plant when I did; I haven't seen it again in the local nurseries.
On May 22, 2007, AmyZ6swPA from Coal Center, PA wrote:
I found one at a local greenhouse last summer, bought it, and planted it and it was beautiful (I expected it would probably be done for the year soon after I planted it, and it was). As of right now 5/22/07 there is no sign of it coming back. I am so extremely disappointed. Any thoughts or tips? This is such a beautiful plant and I'm so sad mine's not yet returning...I'm in southwestern PA.
A grower in a pickup came to our nursery one day with a load of 1 gallon perennials that were so rare we couldn't ID half of them. This particular phlox was one of these. Two plants melted out in their pots from overwatering and heat, so we popped the root balls into our gardens and they are doing quite well. Still only 6" tall or so, one is consistently putting on blooms... a real trooper.
On Jul 13, 2004, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:
I got this plant last year , if I had rated it then, I would have said negative it just didn't do well at all. I realize it just needed the time to get established. I love it this year it is doing so well and the foliage really stands out in the beds.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Atlanta, Georgia Fishers, Indiana Ewing, Kentucky Hebron, Kentucky Ocean Grove, Massachusetts Bellaire, Michigan Deephaven, Minnesota Nelson, New Hampshire Los Alamos, New Mexico Wright-patterson Afb, Ohio Markleysburg, Pennsylvania Knoxville, Tennessee Rosalia, Washington