Purple Phlox Facts


Phlox plants are herbaceous perennials commonly seen in flower beds across the United States (US). There are various purple phlox varieties, all of which add a pop of vibrant midsummer color to any garden.

Purple phlox in bloom.


Common purple phlox varieties include the creeping Sherwood Purple (Phlox stolonifera) and the vivid Purple Flame (Phlox paniculata). Other popular species include the violet-blue Andre (Phlox paniculata) and the lavender Laura (Phlox paniculata).


Purple phlox plants range in height from just a few centimeters for the creeping varieties to 4 feet tall for the garden phlox varieties. Most phlox varieties bloom from July through August or September.


Purple phlox varieties grow well in USDA zones 4 to 8. All phlox species thrive in fertile, well-drained soil in sunny to lightly shady locations.


Purple varieties of garden phlox are commonly used as borders in perennial gardens and to attract hummingbirds in bird gardens. Creeping phlox makes vibrant ground-covers in natural gardens and rock gardens.


Purple phlox plants are susceptible to root rot and powdery mildew. Spider mites and tarnished plant bugs are frequently a problem in dry, hot climates.


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