Common Names: Phlox, Summer Phlox, Perennial Phlox, Garden Phlox

Botanical names: Phlox paniculata, FLOKS pa-nik-ew-LAH-ta

Availability: Summer and fall.

Vase life: 5-7 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 41 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Phlox flowers are arranged in large, dense, terminal clusters known as panicles, which can contain dozens of individual flowers. Individual flower consists of five petals fused together at the base to form a tubular shape. The petals flare outwards, giving the flower a star-like appearance when viewed from above.

Color: Lavender, Pink, Purple, Red, White

Botanical facts: The name Phlox is from Greek meaning flame, originally applied to the species Lychnis.

Design notes: These beautiful blossoms add line and mass to mixed arrangements. Phlox flowers have delightful fragrance. The scent is often described as sweet and floral.

Purchasing hints: Purchase when one half to two thirds of the flowers are open. Stems should be straight and sturdy. Avoid any stems with the lower florets decaying, or any signs of mildew.

Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the waterline. Cut with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral preservative / floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology list this species as an allergy-safe pollen producing flower.

Video Demonstration:

Summer's Floral Bounty Arrangement