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Phlox ‘Sherbet Cocktail’

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Summary

Phlox ‘Sherbet Cocktail’ is a unique cultivar with petals of green, white, and pink. The name is customarily written without a species; however, it appears very similar to Phlox paniculata. Unfortunately, ‘Sherbet Cocktail’ did not perform well in the trial. The plants consistently flopped once they started blooming and were also severely plagued by spider mites. Since hot environments are perfect for spider mites and generally ill-suited for phlox, the additional heat reflected by the brick sidewalk next to this cultivar may have exacerbated the mite problem. Powdery mildew resistance was rated as “good”; however, this rating may be slightly misleading since ‘Sherbet Cocktail’ typically lost much of its foliage from spider mites.


Details

  • Rating
    2.5 
  • Common Name
    Sherbet Cocktail phlox  
  • Bloom Period
    early July—late July 
  • Peak Bloom
    mid-July 
  • Size
    36” x 20” 
  • Fragrance
    Mild 
  • Powdery Mildew Resistance
    Good