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Phlox paniculata 'Starfire'
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Plant Type: Perennials

Panicles of deliciously perfumed, cherry red blossoms contrast sharply against the deep green foliage from mid through late summer. They attract both butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. The tall, sturdy, clumping habit of this variety makes it a good candidate for the back of the border.

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Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Phlox paniculata is unequaled for showy blooms over a long period throughout the summer. Though they are some of the most popular perennials available, they do require some maintenance to sustain their health and vigor. Tall Garden Phlox grows best in rich, moist soil in full sun. Overhead watering should be avoided since some varieties of phlox are susceptible to powdery mildew. This can be avoided or diminished by providing ample air circulation around the plants and by thinning them out periodically. Deadheading will prolong bloom time and prevent self-seeding.

Flower Color

Cherry red

Foliage Color


Plant Spread

24-36 in.

Good Companions

Bellflower (Campanula ), Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida), Daylily (Hemerocallis ), Geranium-Hardy (Geranium ), Salvia-Perennial (Salvia nemorosa), Shasta Daisy (L

Plant Height

36 in.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Average water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Border, Mass Plant, Cut flower or foliage, Fragrant flowers or foliage

Bloom Time

Mid to late summer

Critter Resistance


Full sun

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests