Mt. Cuba Center Research Report - Phlox for the Mid-Atlantic Region Mt. Cuba Center Phlox for the Mid-Atlantic Region - Page 9

SUN PHLOX Other Phlox Species Although much of the trial was devoted to garden phlox (Phlox paniculata), selections from several other less common species were also evaluated, including Phlox amplifolia, P. carolina, P. glaberrima, P. maculata, P. ovata, P. pilosa, and P. pulchra. Many of these differ from Phlox paniculata with an earlier bloom time (late spring) and improved resistance to powdery mildew. Although not as readily available as garden phlox, the following selections are highly recommended for their outstanding garden performance. Phlox carolina ssp. carolina 'Kim' ««««« Phlox carolina ssp. carolina 'Kim' is a fantastic selection of the species that was discovered by Jan Midgley in Alabama. It performs much better than any other cultivar of Carolina phlox in our trial. What sets 'Kim' apart from other members of the species is its lush and vigorous habit (2’ tall) that remains sturdy and disease free all season long. The leaves are also a lighter shade of green, almost lime colored, which can prolong its horticultural interest in the garden. However, the most impressive feature of 'Kim' is its show-stopping light pink flowers which blanket the plant from late May through early June. Phlox glaberrima 'N³ Tasache rvfo hakof' (N³ Springfall) ««««« Phlox glaberrima 'N³ Tasache rvfo hakof' is a fantastic new selection of smooth phlox from Nearly Native Nursery in Fayetteville, GA. It has a Muskogee language cultivar name in honor of the Native Americans that once inhabited the region where it was discovered. In English, Tasache rvfo hakof roughly translates to "spring and/or through fall." What makes N³ Springfall such a great garden plant is that it forms tidy mounds of foliage that are completely immune to powdery mildew. The floral display is also gorgeous, with copious numbers of vivid, lavender-pink flowers in June. mtcubacenter.org 9