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

Category:

Perennials

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Purple

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
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0
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Positive

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

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

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.