February 8, 2023
Phlox paniculata 'Little Boy'

Phlox paniculata 'Little Boy'

Phlox paniculata ‘Little Boy’ is a herbaceous perennial. It is also called Garden Phlox, Fall Phlox, Perennial Phlox, or Summer Phlox. It is part of the Polemoniaceae family of plants. It has fragrant flowers and it attracts birds, hummingbirds, and butterflies. It is native to the Eastern and Central United States and Eastern Canada.

Phlox paniculata ‘Little Boy’ spreads 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’ has lilac flowers with white centers. It flowers in the summer and autumn. Deadhead the flower to prolong the flowering season. Phlox is not the easiest plant to grow. As powdery mildew and some pests can be a problem. But the flowers are a wonderful burst of color in the garden and it flowers for a long time.

Phlox paniculata 'Little Boy'
Phlox paniculata ‘Little Boy’

How to grow Phlox paniculata ‘Little Boy’:

Grow Phlox paniculata ‘Little Boy’ in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in moist and humus-rich soil. Each year add mulch to help preserve moisture. Phlox paniculata ‘Little Boy’ does not tolerate droughts. Avoid overhead watering as this increases the chance of powdery mildew. Phlox paniculata ‘Little Boy’ can be propagated by division or root cuttings or basal cuttings.

Cut Phlox paniculata ‘Little Boy’ down completely and remove the cuttings to protect it from eelworms and mildew at end of autumn. Watch out for slugs, snails, aphids, eelworm, crown gall, leafy gall, fungal leaf spots, and verticillium wilt. Phlox seems to be deer-tolerant.

Phlox paniculata 'Little Boy'
Phlox paniculata ‘Little Boy’ at Kew Garden

Also, read Phlox paniculata ‘Rosa Pastell’ which is another variety of Phlox paniculata.

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