Phlox, Garden Phlox 'Nicky'

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: Nicky
Additional cultivar information:(aka Dsterlohe, Dusterlohe)
Hybridized by Karl Foerster



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone



Bloom Color:

Magenta (pink-purple)

Medium Purple

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

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


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

Joliet, Illinois

Plainfield, Illinois

Saint Charles, 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

Montesano, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 27, 2016, upnorthmichigan from Marquette, MI (Zone 4b) wrote:

This plant performs very well in the UP of Michigan (zone 4) with no help from me. Mine is definitely in part shade- morning sun only, and soil that is on the sandy side. It's a tough little plant. I confess I'm not crazy about the color- I find it a bit too intense for my taste- a deep, vivid, purplish magenta, but that's all a matter of taste of course. In my opinion it looks absolutely awful next to yellow/gold rudbeckia. So companion planting is a bit of a challenge, but if you like the color, it's a great plant.


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.

It's great combined with pink and violet flowers and with purple or chartreuse foliage. (Try Agastache 'Blue Boa', Veronica 'Purpleicious' or V. longifolia, Euphorbia x dulcis 'Chameleon', Hibiscus syriaca 'Blue Satin', Hibiscus x 'Midnight Marvel', Hosta 'Krossa Regal', Hemerocallis 'Frequent Flyer', Cotinus 'Velvet Cloak', etc.) I agree that it quarrels with gold flowers.

Stature is relatively short, 2-3 feet.

Good mildew resistance here.

As with all Phlox paniculata, performance i... read more


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!


On Mar 22, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) 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.