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PlantFiles: Garden Phlox
Phlox paniculata 'Nicky'

Family: Polemoniaceae (po-le-moh-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phlox (floks) (Info)
Species: paniculata (pan-ick-yoo-LAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Nicky
Additional cultivar information: (aka Dsterlohe, Dusterlohe)
Hybridized by Karl Foerster

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 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:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

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
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Dec 14, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The flower color is rich and brilliant and deep, a clear magenta purple that I don't find harsh. As always with garden phlox that have bluish flowers, the color varies with the temperature, darker and bluer when it's cooler, pinker when it's hottest.

Stature is relatively short, 2-3 feet.

Good mildew resistance here.

Positive sunny70 On Sep 10, 2012, sunny70 from Ringwood, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

I love Nicky! She bloomed all summer for me. Just when I thought she was finished, new growth appeared followed by more blooms. The color is vivid and coordinates well with most other plants. Pretty fragrance, too!

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 22, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

PHLOX paniculata Nicky - Garden Phlox - Tall 3-4' - Plant 20" apart. Zone 4-8. Pleasing rich purple/pink. Immense flower trusses combine to form a flowering ball. Nicely fragrant.


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

Plainfield, Illinois
Saint Charles, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Davenport, Iowa
Pacific Junction, Iowa
Hebron, Kentucky
Beverly, Massachusetts
Mashpee, Massachusetts
Norton, Massachusetts
Birmingham, Michigan
Romeo, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Wayzata, Minnesota
Grandview, Missouri
Ringwood, New Jersey
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Concord, North Carolina
Spring Grove, Pennsylvania
Manassas, Virginia
Brady, Washington

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