Phlox, Garden Phlox 'David'

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: David
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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 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:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

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

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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:

Birmingham, Alabama

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Parker, Colorado

Glastonbury, Connecticut

New Haven, Connecticut

Oxford, Connecticut

Bear, Delaware

Wilmington, Delaware(2 reports)

Albany, Georgia

Elberton, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Snellville, Georgia

Stone Mountain, Georgia

Woodstock, Georgia

Idaho Falls, Idaho

Algonquin, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois(2 reports)

Cicero, Illinois

Naperville, Illinois

Plainfield, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Fishers, Indiana

Macy, Indiana

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Davenport, Iowa

Pacific Junction, Iowa

Hebron, Kentucky

Taylorsville, Kentucky

Milo, Maine

South China, Maine

Millersville, Maryland

Potomac, Maryland

Amesbury, Massachusetts

Dracut, Massachusetts

Salem, Massachusetts

Springfield, Massachusetts

Worcester, Massachusetts

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Plymouth, Michigan

Lake George, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Wayzata, Minnesota

Mathiston, Mississippi

Helena, Montana

West Point, Nebraska

Winchester, New Hampshire

Whitehouse Station, New Jersey

Avoca, New York

Buffalo, New York

Croton On Hudson, New York

Granville, New York

Himrod, New York

Jefferson, New York

Kinderhook, New York

Staten Island, New York

Wellsville, New York

West Kill, New York

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Mebane, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Pekin, North Dakota

Coshocton, Ohio

Dayton, Ohio

Defiance, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Grove City, Ohio

Hamilton, Ohio(2 reports)

Hilliard, Ohio

Newalla, Oklahoma

Ashland, Oregon

Baker City, Oregon

Bend, Oregon(2 reports)

Portland, Oregon

Freedom, Pennsylvania

Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania

Malvern, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Port Matilda, Pennsylvania

Sarver, Pennsylvania

Tioga, Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Wyoming, Pennsylvania

Manning, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Aberdeen, South Dakota

Crossville, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Lenoir City, Tennessee

Dallas, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Houston, Texas

Lewisville, Texas

Midlothian, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Provo, Utah

Charlottesville, Virginia

Leesburg, Virginia

Lexington, Virginia

Manassas, Virginia

Anacortes, Washington

Bremerton, Washington

East Port Orchard, Washington

Freeland, Washington

Hazel Dell North, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Lake Shore, Washington

Lakewood, Washington

Parkwood, Washington

Port Orchard, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

New Martinsville, West Virginia

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

Marion, Wisconsin

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 7, 2015, 00264167 from herne bay,
United Kingdom wrote:

im not really impressed with david, about 6 weeks of flowers, flowerheads didnt achieve fullness but only had sporadic flowers, the plant is not really noticeable or interesting outside its bloom period.
It is however quite vigorous, stays upright and has no mildew.
I can think of better plants to grow in its place!


On Jul 23, 2015, amfh from The Colony, TX wrote:

I live in zone 8a (in the DFW area of Texas) and have seen SOME vendors recommending partial shade in areas where "the sun is very strong". Well, it IS "very strong" here in summer, for sure! The bed I have in mid is in all-day full sun. Will David Phlox be OK in this setting? Thanks for any advice!


On Oct 18, 2012, MrMoose from GREENBRAE, CA wrote:

I am always looking for wonderful plants to add to my garden. I have one major issue - deer. How does this plant do with deer roaming the yard?



On Feb 28, 2012, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Beautiful white blooms really brighten an area. Blooms July-September in my garden.


On May 23, 2011, Penannophia from Whitehouse Station, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

Lovely and easy. All I do is water from a drip line once in awhile and it gets to 4 feet with loads of flowers. This year I have to pay more attention to the seed heads, though...I have "David" coming up all over the garden right now.


On May 20, 2011, Eldine from Wellsville, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

Mine has not grown as tall as indicated but its gotten slowly bigger over the years and the blooms are a beautiful bright white. No mildew in my zone 4 garden. Update 2014- still have this and have divided it to have more. It now grows to at least 3 feet and I've never had a problem with deer eating it.


On Apr 30, 2011, TNgrandma from Crossville, TN wrote:

When I lived in IL, I grew David garden phlox without any problems. Growing it in TN where I now live, I try to fight the mildew problems, but have not had success. I will thin them this year to see if I can eradicate the mildew. I still love this cultivar!


On Aug 27, 2010, aebloom from Potomac, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is one of my very favorite plants! Grows up to four feet high with little or no care. Wonderful fragrance! No diseases at all. Blooms seven weeks, incredible. Highest recommendation.


On May 30, 2010, MiniPonyFarmer from Gilmer, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Maybe I'm just too impatient. In the two years that I had David in my yard, it never got more than 10" tall, and only had a single stem and a single bloom cluster. After devoting lots of space anticipating that it would fill out and get taller/wider, I got tired of waiting on it and David was escorted to the compost pile. Foliage was healthy, just stayed very tiny. When I yanked it, there was not an extensive root system, just something like a single taproot.


On Jun 26, 2009, riceke from Snellville, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Absolutely indestructible..withstands drought..very little if any mildew..always blooms through the summer. About 3-4' in my yard in average Georgia clay.


On Jul 2, 2007, opera_fiore from Fayetteville, AR wrote:

This plant makes me happy! I have a 50 year old specimen in my front yard, around it are yellow roses and white begonias. Pest free, disease free, the only issue are the HUGE mop heads that need staking. I fertilize with a high nitrogen food every two weeks, and got stunning results.


On Jun 28, 2007, lee_ro from Raleigh, NC wrote:

When I arrived at the nursery last weekend in the distance, I saw miniature clouds and immediately asked an employee what kind of flower I was looking at. The billowing white blossoms were those of David. I was smitten, and purchased one for my own garden. The scent is subtle, sweet and lovely. I planted it next to a pair of amazingly proflic and beautiful wine and white colored moscheutos shrubs. Also nearby is purple setcreasea. The tall, pretty cloud of phlox looks great next to the huge disc sized hibiscus blooms.

I live on a street called Whitebud Dr, and either ironically or intentionally most of the landscaping plants on our street are white: azaleas, dogwood, yucca, candytuft as groundcover, crepe myrtle, gardenia, and so on. I decided to try to make white t... read more


On Aug 12, 2006, SummerRain from Naperville, IL wrote:

Absolutely love this plant! I look forward to the tall, fragrant blooms mid to late summer. Never had a problem with powdery mildew or having to stake the rather stately, top heavy stems. Plus once the initial bloom is over, there is usually a smaller rebloom right after. My plant gets a little partial shade in late afternoon but doesn't seem to mind. I can highly recommend David to anyone looking for a mid-to late summer white blooming (fragrant!) flower.


On Mar 8, 2005, RDT from Crossville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is a wonderful fragrant phlox.
Although this phlox is touted to resist mildew I still try to avoid overhead watering.
For better-branched plants, try pinching out the tips of the phlox when they are about 9 inches high. THE Best


On Mar 7, 2005, northgrass from West Chazy, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

This is a very large plant, growing to 4 feet. Nice large trusses of pure white bloosoms. No problems other than some of the stems are sometimes knocked down by heavy rain and winds. Mine is growing in part shade, next to a white spruce.


On Oct 23, 2004, SalmonMe from Springboro, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Lovely cultivar. Reportedly resistant to powdery mildew, but its a good idea to give this plant plenty of room for air circulation and to keep it thinned to 5 or so major stems. Also, water at the base instead of overhead. Deadhead for a long bloom period.


On Aug 9, 2003, starshine from Bend, OR (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is one of the sweetest fragances I have ever enjoyed. The blooms are long lasting clusters at the top of a tall stem. They are exellant for attracting butterflies.
Companion plants: Rudbeckia, Coreopsis and Veronica.
Prefers well drained, consistent soil.


On Jan 18, 2003, wanahca from Sarasota, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

A lovely, strong plant with huge clusters of disk shaped white flowers. It shows good resistance to mildew, although watering at the base is still recommended as with all paniculata cultivars. Overhead watering promotes the incidence of powdery mildew as do afternoon and evening rains.
For optimum growth and flowering in the summer, Phlox should have plenty of fertilizer and water. Although some years I was unable to give them any special attention at all, the "Davids" still grew beautifully as other cultivars limped along.
Deadhead to prolong the bloom period. This plant, if allowed, will self seed freely, and being white I was never concerned about inferior colors in the offspring - just happy to have more of them.
When I grew them at my old hom... read more