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Woodland Phlox 'Home Fires'
Phlox stolonifera 
 

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1990 Perennial Plant of the Year ™
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Zone: 4 to 8
Perennial
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EXPOSURE
Part Sun to Shade
BLOOM SEASON
Blooms late spring to early summer
SIZE
6"
18"-24"
GREENHOUSE
LOCATION
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Cultivar Notes - 'Home Fires'
Butterflies love this highly fragrant variety! Masses of brilliant pink flowers cover deep green foliage from late spring to early summer. Choose this mat-forming groundcover for the shady or woodland garden, borders or edging. Plant it in moist, well-drained soil.
Genus Notes - Phlox
Europeans first became aware of Phlox around the 1630s, after the exploration of eastern North America by John Tradescant the Younger. But only in the eighteenth century did the gardens of Europe receive this species from various American colonies. As botanical explorers ventured farther west, more kinds of Phlox were found.

Through hybridization and selection, the varieties of Phlox grown today far surpass their predecessors in depth and breadth of color, length of bloom, plant habit, and general constitution. Improvement continues to this day.

The large trusses of flowers held atop sturdy, leafy stems offer rich, sweet scents. Their fragrance readily wafts about the garden, traveling amazing distances through the air. The low-growing varieties of Phlox, with their showy flowers, are particular favorites and bloom in spring or early summer.

There are big Phlox and small Phlox, spring Phlox and summer Phlox. All produce masses of five-petaled, often fragrant flowers in a range of colors. Garden Phlox need rich, evenly moist soil, creeping Phlox require excellent drainage.

Species Notes - Phlox stolonifera
Mostly low-growing and slowly spreading, these phlox are ideal for the woodland or semi-shaded border. Plants bloom heavily in spring and often rebloom later in fall.

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