Phlox, Tall Garden Phlox 'Peppermint Twist'

Phlox paniculata

Family: Polemoniaceae (po-le-moh-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phlox (floks) (Info)
Species: paniculata (pan-ick-yoo-LAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Peppermint Twist
Additional cultivar information:(PP18196; aka Spinners)
Hybridized by Verschoor
Registered or introduced: 2007



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:


White/Near White


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Lanett, Alabama

Decatur, Georgia

Chicago, Illinois

Hebron, Kentucky

Marlborough, Massachusetts

Brooklyn, New York

Raleigh, North Carolina

New Castle, Pennsylvania

Manassas, Virginia

Vancouver, Washington

Oostburg, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 4, 2014, kooger from Oostburg, WI (Zone 5b) wrote:

This flower is so pretty; I lots of comments about it. Usually I have a few stalks that are pink but this year I also have two white stalks. I really like the combo of all three but will remove some of the reverted stalks if they start becoming too plentiful.


On Dec 28, 2008, SunnyBorders from Aurora, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

I would say positive, but have a problem mentioned by erdooley. I purchased four of this cultivar for my garden in 2007 from a garden center. They were in flower. This year (2008) all four flowered again and looked healthy (no weak or spindly stalks). However, two of these plants had pink-only flowered stalks along with stalks with the expected pink and white pin-wheel flowers.

'Peppermint Twist' arose as a branch mutation of 'Candy Floss' (Jan Verschoor (2006?)), which is pink. The patent description of 'Peppermint Twist' says "The phenotype may vary somewhat with variations in environment and cultural practices such as temperature and light intensity without, however, any variance in genotype".

I did E-mail Darwin PlantSpotters (the introducers), on Aug ... read more


On Aug 7, 2008, erdooley from Decatur, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is a beautiful plant, if it performs for you. I orderd 5, but some of the stalks were weak and spindly, and some of the blooms were solid pink instead of white and pink. I'd say 2 of the plants are robust, but have mixed blooms (as you can see in my photo), and the other 3 were punier. I don't know if the quality of plants I received was due to the fact that's a new variety, or it was a crummy mail order company. (I can't remember who it was...) Still worth it I guess, because it's stunning!