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Phlox

Scientific Name: Phlox drummondii

Height: Phlox plants typically grow to a height of 41-51cm (16-20 inches). Plant in spacing of 23cm (9 inches)

Days to Maturity: Phlox has a relatively short maturity period, typically taking around 60-65 days to reach full bloom. This means that phlox plants will start producing flowers within two to three months after planting. 

Sun Preference: Phlox thrives in full sun conditions, requiring at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day. When planting phlox, choose a location in your garden that receives ample sunlight throughout the day. Insufficient sunlight can result in poor growth and fewer blooms. Additionally, ensure that the soil is well-draining to prevent waterlogging, which can be detrimental to phlox plants.

Plant Type: Phlox is classified as an annual plant, meaning it completes its life cycle within one growing season. As an annual plant, phlox will germinate, grow, flower, set seed, and die within a year. This plant will self-seed and continue to grow, it can even become invasive as the seed drops very quickly.

Appearance : They usually have oval or linear leaves. The tubular flowers have five flaring lobes and are often borne in dense masses. The flowers of many species are fragrant and range in color from white to pale blue, purple, pink, bright red, or white. Phlox flowers are often arranged in dense clusters or panicles, creating a full and lush appearance that is visually appealing.

Harvesting :  Harvest when only a few flowers are opened, no more than half

Vaselife : . Vase life can be expected for 5-7 days.

Special Features : Phlox are highly attractive to butterflies. Some species are so completely covered with flowers while in bloom that it is impossible to see any leaves. Pink phlox is a symbol of affection, either romantic or between friends, while white phlox is associated with innocence, grace, faithfulness and honesty. Purple and blue phlox are used to signify wisdom, understanding, and spirituality and are symbolic of lifetime love. Mythology says that phlox flowers were created from the flaming torches used by Odysseus and his men, to light their way into Hades. Once they emerged, torches were thrown to the ground and became phlox flowers, in honor of Odysseus' bravery. 

Design features: Phlox is my favourite filler flower. Their beautiful colours will bring dimension to any arrangement. I also use these as a textural base or in more simplistic arrangements as the focal. 

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