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Phlox David is famous for huge, stunning white flowers, sweet fragrance and mildew-resistance. This heavy bloomer, like all Phlox, is extremely easy to grow and the true backbone of a perennial garden. (Phlox paniculata)

Zones 4 - 8
Advantages
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Fragrant
Fragrant
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Native
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 36-40" tall, 24-36" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
SKU 137FPER3
This is one of the best Phlox ever offered. It is a natural selection discovered to have vigorous growth, abundant bloom, and amazing resistance to powdery mildew! To any gardener growing phlox, this is a very big deal. (See below.) David is the one that makes it easy to have the big billowing white flower heads phlox provides without the usual problem.

Why Phlox should be the backbone of your garden. They're beautiful. They're easy. And no matter what else you grow, you cant beat their display. In fact, probably no group of plants adds more color to American perennial gardens than phlox. They just happen to be the perfect plant--tall enough to show the flowers over the others, heavy bloomers at the right time with big colorful flower heads, and best of all--a nice long season of bloom. Most every good perennial garden has an extra measure of phlox plants. In yours, plant a few and then notice which do the best, and then get more of those. Repeated color groups in the garden assure the great colorful display everyone wants.

The one problem: Mildew. Be ready. There's no escaping it. All Tall Garden Phlox (except the famously mildew-resistant David) are usually attacked by powdery mildew. Its a sort of gray dust-like blight you'll start noticing on the leaves, just as the plants have grown up and are getting ready to bloom. The minute you see it, go directly to the garden center and buy a container of fungicide for phlox mildew. I know it sounds like trouble, but its really not, and believe me, its worth it. If you ignore the mildew, your beautiful phlox plants will be an ugly shriveled mess in just a couple of weeks. It doesn't kill the plants, it just ruins them for the year. Some say good air circulation prevents it, but don't you believe it. Phlox simply get mildew, and you need to spray, probably just once...then your plants will go right on and bloom all summer for you with beautiful leaves and flowers.

They're great for cutting, too. Need a big bouquet? Just of few of these multi-flowered stems will do the trick, with lovely fragrance and fabulous color. Add a few lilies, and you have a knock-out arrangement anyone can do. So be sure to grow enough phlox for cutting, too.

After bloom, simply cut down the flower stems about halfway, (Its not botanically correct, but lots of gardeners snap them; the strong stiff stems snap off easily) and your tough, hardy plants will be ready to light up for you again next year.

Yes, they're North American Natives. Very few American gardeners know it, but almost all phlox species are North American wildflowers, as native as our goldenrods and black-eyed susans. But since we ignored them for years, European hybridizers (mostly German) took the wild versions back to Europe and created the fantastic hybrids we all enjoy today.

Associated SKUs
137PERG
137PER (Plant - 3" pot) - Out of stock.
137FPER3 (Bag of 3)
Common Name Garden Phlox
Botanical Name Phlox paniculata
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color White
Mature Height 36-40" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 24-36" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Bare Root
Native Yes
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Attract Butterflies, Easy to Grow, Fragrant, Cut Flowers, Native
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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American MeadowsPhlox David
 
4.0

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (2)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (7)
  • Hardy (6)
  • Fragrant (5)
  • Healthy (5)
  • Accurate instructions (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (7)
  • Outdoors (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (7)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

CAN HARDLY TAKE MY EYES OFF THESE BEAUTIES!

About 3 years ago I ordered these "David" Phlox for 2 reasons: 1} They promised to be powdery mildew resistant, & 2) I love white flowers! The following year...Read complete review

About 3 years ago I ordered these "David" Phlox for 2 reasons: 1} They promised to be powdery mildew resistant, & 2) I love white flowers! The following year they had grown to 2-3 times their original size. This year they are a absolutely magnificent! The end of July they began to bud, & I can hardly take my eyes off of them. They are just a joy--esp with the other colors in the garden. Last yr they held their blooms thru all but the harshest frost. Most everything I buy from AM grows well. And I haven't had the slightest hint of powdery mildew either.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Another 1 out of 3

The three small plants were delivered in adequately protected containers. One was almost dead, and another was so tiny as to be little more than a seedling. Of the three plants, I ended...Read complete review

The three small plants were delivered in adequately protected containers. One was almost dead, and another was so tiny as to be little more than a seedling. Of the three plants, I ended up with 1 viable plant. Not exactly great performance. Since I also ended up with only 1 Starfire, I now own 1 David and 1 Starfire, instead of 3 of each. I feel I should be given 2 each of the plants/roots to compensate for all of this!

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4.0

Relliable performer

By 

from Missouri

About Me Master Gardener

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Hardy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about American Meadows Phlox David:

    Not super prolific but certainly reliable and a very attractive framing plant height for the mid-back of the perennial border.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Highly recommend this flower!!

    By 

    from Fayetteville,NC

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Fragrant
    • Healthy
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors

      Comments about American Meadows Phlox David:

      I love this David Phlox.....mainly because it is very fragrant and pretty.

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      • Personal
       
      5.0

      A great phlox!

      By 

      from Toms River, NJ

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Fragrant
      • Hardy
      • Healthy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden

        Comments about American Meadows Phlox David:

        This is a solid performer. Never a problem, resisted powder mildew in a difficult summer and full bloom in the first year. Great white flower in a border.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        CAN HARDLY TAKE MY EYES OFF THESE BEAUTIES!

        By 

        from NE Vermont

        About Me Avid Gardener

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Hardy
        • Healthy
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Garden
          • Outdoors

          Comments about American Meadows Phlox David:

          About 3 years ago I ordered these "David" Phlox for 2 reasons: 1} They promised to be powdery mildew resistant, & 2) I love white flowers! The following year they had grown to 2-3 times their original size. This year they are a absolutely magnificent! The end of July they began to bud, & I can hardly take my eyes off of them. They are just a joy--esp with the other colors in the garden. Last yr they held their blooms thru all but the harshest frost. Most everything I buy from AM grows well. And I haven't had the slightest hint of powdery mildew either.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
           
          1.0

          No Show

          By 

          from Westland, MI

          About Me Avid Gardener

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Missing Item Was Promptly

          Cons

          • Delivery Was 1 Short
          • None Came Up

          Best Uses

          • Large Areas

          Comments about American Meadows Phlox David:

          None of the plants came up this spring.

           
          5.0

          Big, beautiful flowers!

          By 

          from Weymouth, MA

          About Me Casual Hobbyist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Fragrant
          • Long Bloom Time
          • Low Maintenance
          • Reliable Growth
          • Vivid Colors

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Cut Flowers
            • Large Areas
            • Raised Beds

            Comments about American Meadows Phlox David:

            I planted these in beds on both sides of my front entrance. While one side is in full sun and the other part shade, both have thrived and have the most gorgeous white flowers! While chasing squirrels, my dog managed to break two of the stems off, and within a week they both had lots of new growth and I'm sure they'll rebloom before long. They look beautiful with my Black-eyed Susans!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Another 1 out of 3

            By 

            from San Juan Capistrano, CA

            About Me Avid Gardener

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            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Raised Beds

                Comments about American Meadows Phlox David:

                The three small plants were delivered in adequately protected containers. One was almost dead, and another was so tiny as to be little more than a seedling. Of the three plants, I ended up with 1 viable plant. Not exactly great performance. Since I also ended up with only 1 Starfire, I now own 1 David and 1 Starfire, instead of 3 of each. I feel I should be given 2 each of the plants/roots to compensate for all of this!

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                A "must have" true performer

                By 

                from Harvard, MA

                About Me Avid Gardener

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Attractive
                • Hardy
                • Healthy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Garden

                  Comments about American Meadows Phlox David:

                  This phlox is gorgeous! Vigorous, vibrant and showy, 'David' should be in every garden! A perfect early to mid-summer display of much needed white that complements many other garden favorites.

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                  • Personal
                   
                  5.0

                  I am in love with it's scent!

                  By 

                  from Cicero, IL

                  About Me Avid Gardener

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive
                  • Fragrant
                  • Hardy
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Garden
                    • Outdoors
                    • Patio

                    Comments about American Meadows Phlox David:

                    I had never owned a phlox before, but I am really enjoying this one! If you like to add fragrance to your garden that is not over powering then this is for you. During it's flowering season it is barely ever without a beautiful white flower. And just because it's white doesn't mean the color will look plain or boring. I find this to be a very lovely plant, and because of 'David' I now plan to add other colored phlox to my garden.

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                    • Personal

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    GOOD CHOICE

                    By 

                    from MORGANTON, GA

                    About Me Master Gardener

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                    Pros

                    • Attractive
                    • Fragrant
                    • Hardy
                    • Healthy
                    • Lightweight
                    • MIGHT STAKE
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Garden
                      • Outdoors

                      Comments about American Meadows Phlox David:

                      IN A FOCUS POINT TO BRING THE EYE AND FOOT INTO THE GARDEN.
                      IN A AREA WHICH THE WIND CAN BRING THE FRAGANCE TO YOU WHEN OUT DOORS.

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