Mt. Cuba Center Research Report - Phlox for the Mid-Atlantic Region Mt. Cuba Center Phlox for the Mid-Atlantic Region - Page 6

TOP PERFORMERS Phlox paniculata 'Dick Weaver' «««« Phlox paniculata 'Dick Weaver' is a vigorous cultivar with an abundant floral display throughout July and August. The flowers are strongly fragrant and have a magenta color similar to 'Robert Poore'. However, 'Dick Weaver' differs from 'Robert Poore' with a slightly shorter habit (4' tall) and smaller, more dome-shaped inflorescences. Although the inflorescences are not as large as other cultivars, the great quantity provides an impressive display nonetheless. 'Dick Weaver' originated in Michigan but was passed around several times before arriving at Plant Delights Nursery. They decided it was so remarkable that it needed recognition and named it after the co-founder of We-Du Nursery who shared the plant with them. Phlox paniculata 'David' «««« Phlox paniculata 'David' is probably the most well-known cultivar of garden phlox and was even named Perennial Plant of the Year in 2002. Its popularity stems from its reputation for excellent resistance to powdery mildew, which was confirmed in Mt. Cuba Center’s trial. Fragrant, pure white flowers bloom in midsummer atop 3' tall stems. This cultivar was originally discovered as a seedling at the Brandywine Conservancy in southeastern Pennsylvania from locally sourced wild populations. It was named after the husband of F.M. Mooberry who oversaw horticulture at the organization. 6