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PlantFiles: Garden Phlox
Phlox paniculata 'John Fanick'

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

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9 members have or want this plant for trade.


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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost

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
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mojogirl On Jun 3, 2013, mojogirl from College Station, TX wrote:

Don't let the delicate looking blossoms on this plant fool you. This is one hardy phlox! It sails through our Texas summer like a trooper, weathering unbearable heat. I really wasn't sure this was going to came back after dying back in the winter but,sure enough, it was one of the first to poke through the ground. Unfortunately, mine is in a part shade area so I don't get a lot of blooms, but no matter, even the foliage is pretty. If you find this plant you need to get it and plant it in your yard!

Positive htop On Aug 22, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

San Antonio, TX
This phlox is named after John Fanick, a San Antonio nurseryman. An extremely hardy perennial having a compact growth habit, it is 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. It bears large clusters of light pink blossoms with darker pink throats. The foliage is dark green with the stems being more sturdy than many phlox. Best grown in direct sun, it tolerates heat and drought, plus it is powdery mildew resistent. Due to its outstanding qualities and ability to perform magnificently in our Texas heat, it has been named by the Texas A&M CEMAP program as a Texas SuperStar.

I appreciate the sturdiness of the stems on this phlox because the huge blooms stay more upright. The pale pink, almost white, flowers standout calling attention to themselves at the far end of my corner property. They can be seen for quite a distance. John Fanick Phlox have proven to be able to perform well in the 108 degree temperatures we experienced here this summer - they did not even wilt a bit. I had one plant I had not planted in the ground yet sitting on my patio in its original pot in full sun. The temperature registered 120 degrees from heat reflection and it was unfazed! My other in-ground phlox planted around the patio were wilting.


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

Austin, Texas
College Station, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)
Houston, Texas
Keller, Texas
Liberty Hill, Texas
Mc Kinney, Texas
Midlothian, Texas
Pearland, Texas
Port Neches, Texas
Rowlett, Texas (2 reports)
San Antonio, Texas
Tyler, Texas

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