PHLOX drummondii (Annual Phlox, Mixed) is a popular annual flowering plant known for its vibrant and colorful blooms. The Mixed variety typically refers to a blend of different colors within the species. 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.
Phlox drummondii is commonly grown from seeds and is a popular choice for borders, containers, and mass plantings. Sow the seeds directly into the garden bed after the last frost or start them indoors a few weeks earlier for an earlier bloom. Provide a well-prepared soil bed, keep the soil moist during germination, and thin the seedlings to provide adequate spacing for optimal growth.
The flowers of Phlox drummondii are small and clustered in dense, flat-topped inflorescences. The Mixed variety showcases a blend of colors, which can include shades of pink, red, purple, blue, white, and bi-color combinations. The blooms are five-petaled and create a vibrant display. 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 Mixed variety of Annual Phlox offers a diverse array of colors, making it versatile for various garden designs. It can be used to create vibrant borders, rock gardens, or cottage-style gardens. It also works well as a cut flower for floral arrangements. Annual Phlox, especially the Mixed variety, is celebrated for its profusion of vibrant and diverse-colored flowers, adding a lively and eye-catching element to garden landscapes.
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Scientific Name: Phlox Drummondii
Common Name: Annual Phlox, Mixed
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: Texas, Southeast United States
Spread: Up to 14 "
Habitat: Disturbed sites, Roadsides, Grassland
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Blooms Late summer, Blooms Early fall
Characteristics: Cut flowers, Aromatic
Attracts: Pollinators, Hummingbirds
Flower Shape: Star shaped
Flower Color: Mixed, White, Pink, Red, Purple
Water Requirement: Average
Soil Type: Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sandy
Soil pH: Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2), Acidic (pH<6.8)
Advantage: No stratification, Low maintenance
Uses: Beds and Borders, Containers, Cut Flowers, Patio and Edging