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.
- Common Name
Violet Pinwheels phlox
- Bloom Period
4” x 18”