Phlox paniculata ‘Little Boy’ is a herbaceous perennial. It is also known as Garden Phlox, Fall Phlox, Perennial Phlox, or Summer Phlox. It is part of the Polemoniaceae family of plants. It has fragrant flowers that attract birds, hummingbirds, and butterflies. It is native to the Eastern and Central United States and Eastern Canada.
Phlox paniculata ‘Little Boy’ can grow wide almost 1m or 39in. The leaves are lance-shaped. The flowers are grouped in panicles which is the reason it is called paniculate. Phlox paniculata ‘Little Boy’ is a lilac flower variety with white centers. The lilac-colored flowers appear in the summer and autumn. Deadhead the flower to prolong the flowering season. It is not the easiest plant to grow. as powdery mildew and some of the pests can be a problem, but it is a wonderful burst of color and flowers for a long time.
Plant Phlox paniculata ‘Little Boy’ in the sun or partial shade, in moist and humus-rich soil, each year add mulch to help preserve moisture. It does not tolerate droughts, also avoid overhead watering. Phlox paniculata ‘Little Boy’ can be propagated by division or root cuttings or basal cuttings.
End of the season in autumn cut Phlox paniculata ‘Little Boy’ down completely and remove the cuttings to protect it from eelworms and mildew. Watch out for slugs, snails, aphids, eelworm, crown gall, leafy gall, fungal leaf spots, and verticillium wilt. Phlox seems to be deer-tolerant.
Also read Phlox paniculata ‘Rosa Pastell’ which is a pink flowering variety.