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This is a standout among red Phlox varieties, with striking cherry-red flowers. Gather a few blooming stems for an impressive bouquet. (Phlox paniculata)

Zones 4 - 8
Advantages
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Native
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 32-36" tall, 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
SKU 7PHLOXG
There are several good red phlox hybrids, but this is a standout. As perennial expert, Allan Armitage writes in his best-selling book, Starfire has striking cherry red flowers which immediately catch the eye, even from a distance.

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
7PHLOXG
7FPHLOX3 (Bag of 3)
7PHLOX3 (Bag of 3) - Out of stock.
Common Name Garden Phlox
Botanical Name Phlox paniculata
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Red
Mature Height 32-36" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Native Yes
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Easy to Grow, Cut Flowers, Native
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Phlox Starfire
 
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1.0

They never came up!

By 

from Watertown NY

About Me Avid Gardener

Pros

    Cons

    • Waste Of Money

    Best Uses

      Comments about Phlox Starfire:

      Was a waste of my money, they never came up!

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      • Personal
       
      5.0

      Phlox Starfire

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      from Lima, Ohio

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      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Fragrant
      • Hardy
      • Healthy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden
        • Outdoors

        Comments about Phlox Starfire:

        I added two of these plants to my front flower garden. Not only were we able to enjoy the beauty of these blooms but the wonderful smell followed us all over the front of our home. They've held up strong during our mid western storms also. I'll be planting more next season!

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        1.0

        1 out of 3?

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        from San Juan Capistrano, CA

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        Comments about Phlox Starfire:

        Only 1 of 3 roots sprouted and grew very slowly. This was disappointing, but they were planted quite late in Spring, so the cool summer may have had something to do with growth rate. But what about the other 2 which never grew at all?
        The roots were planted in a raised planter which supports growth of many other plants, so what gives here?

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        2.0

        didn't do well,died back ,come back?

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        from pittsburgh,pa

        Pros

          Cons

          • Slow Growth

          Best Uses

          • Raised Beds

          Comments about Phlox Starfire:

          [...]planted same day, good weather with lots of rainfall. Started out well but then withered and died back. Question if the roots survived and will give me plants in the spring. If not, lost all but two that didn't do too well and no flowers.

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