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Phlox ‘Violet Pinwheels’

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Unfortunately, Phlox ‘Violet Pinwheels’ should be grown in full sun, not in shade.  We intended to evaluate a selection of Phlox divaricata called ‘Purple Pinwheels’ but were instead sent Phlox ‘Violet Pinwheels’ in error.  The cultivar ‘Violet Pinwheels’ is actually a hybrid of Phlox bifida and Phlox kelseyi.  Both of these species prefer full sun and excellent drainage and are most typically grown in a rock garden environment.

When grown in the shade, ‘Violet Pinwheels’ emerges from the ground in early spring to form a low-mounding cushion of needle-like foliage that erupts into flower in April and May. The dark-violet flowers cover nearly every inch of the plant creating a truly spectacular display. Sadly though, after the flowers finish blooming, the plants quickly loose the bulk of their foliage to a fungal disease and look nearly dead for the rest of the year. This cultivar likely would have performed very well had it been grown in the proper environment.


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    Violet Pinwheels phlox  
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  • Size
    4” x 18”