Garden Phlox 'John Fanick'

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: John Fanick



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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!


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 co... read more