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Phlox paniculata ‘Shortwood’

Perennial of the Month-- July 2002 

Common name: Phlox

Family:Polemoniaceae, Phlox

Height x width: 42-48" x 24-36"

Growth rate: moderate, upright

Foliage: opposite, ovate lanceolate 4-6" long

Flowers: deep rose panicles, slightly open; 5 petals often notched; mid to late summer

Hardiness: zones 4 to 8

Soil: moist, wilts if too dry

Light: sun

Pests and Problems: possibly mites; chewing from small mammals as rabbits and woodchucks

Landscape habit, uses: mid to back of border, cutting; combines well with meadowsweet, daisies, ornamental grasses, white coneflower, other garden phlox

Other interest: found by nurseryman Sinclair Adam, Jr. of Dunvegan Nursery, West Chester PA in a population of white ‘David’ phlox which was in turn from a native population in the Brandywine Valley, this cultivar being slightly taller in addition to different color from ‘David’, otherwise similarly vigorous and upright; very similar to the southern ‘Robert Poore’ only with slightly more open panicles; named for Shortwood Gardens of perennial professional Stephanie Cohen

Other culture: remove spent flower heads; seems fairly resistant to powdery mildew

Propagation:  division in spring (most common), fall root cuttings, protected from commercial propagation

Sources: Blooms of Bressingham retailers

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