PHLOX drummondii (Annual Phlox, Red) is an annual flowering plant known for its vibrant and colorful blooms. The Red variety specifically refers to Phlox drummondii flowers with red-colored petals. This species is native to Texas and Mexico but is widely cultivated as an annual in various regions.
Annual Phlox is a compact annual plant that typically grows to a height of 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 cm) and spreads about 6 to 9 inches (15 to 23 cm). It has lance-shaped, medium green leaves that are arranged opposite each other along the stems. It thrives in full sun but can tolerate partial shade. It prefers well-drained soil and regular watering, though it can withstand short periods of drought once established.
The flowers of Phlox drummondii are small and clustered in dense, flat-topped inflorescences. The Red variety features vibrant red-colored petals, creating a bold and eye-catching display. The blooms are five-petaled and add a splash of intense color to gardens and landscapes. Annual Phlox typically blooms from late spring to early summer and continues flowering into early fall, depending on the climate and growing conditions. Regular deadheading can help promote continuous blooming.
The Red variety of Annual Phlox adds a vibrant and striking element to garden designs. It can be used as a focal point in garden beds, borders, or mixed with other plants for contrasting color combinations. It also works well as a cut flower for floral arrangements. Annual Phlox, specifically the Red variety, is valued for its brilliant red-colored flowers, bringing a bold and captivating presence to garden landscapes.
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Scientific Name: Phlox Drummondii
Common Name: Annual Phlox, Red
Plant Type: Annuals
Native Range: Southeastern states of United States, Texas
Habitat: Open woodlands, Grasslands, Sandy soil
Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Blooming Season: Spring, Summer (Early)
Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Flower Shape: Star shaped
Flower Color: Red
Water Requirement: Low
Soil Type: Loose, Well-drained
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8), Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
Advantage: Easy to grow, No stratification
Uses: Ornamental, Shortgrass meadow, Wildflower meadow, Pocket prairie, Garden