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PHLOX drummondii 'Sunphloburu'( ASTORIA™ BLUE, ASTORIA™ SERIES) PPAF
Annual Phlox, Astoria™ Blue Phlox
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The pretty and easy-to-grow Astoria™ Blue ('Sunphloburu') bears cheerful clusters of pale violet-blue blossoms with deeper purple eyes. Compact in height but spreading its stems horizontally, this small, short-lived annual originates from the Texas native Phlox drummondii. It has great vigor, flowering most consistently in spring and autumn, with a respite in summer's heat.
Small, narrow, lance-shaped leaves adorn the tender stems of annual phlox. Tiny hairs cover the leaves and stems and give the plants a sticky sensation when touched. The flowers appear a few weeks after the seeds germinate. The five-petaled blooms are tubular at the base and flattened and radial at the mouth. Astoria™ Blue phlox's are lavender or light blue-violet with a deep purple center, attracting butterflies and having a light, sweet scent.
Grow annual phlox in full sun and fertile, well-drained garden soil. Plant it outdoors only after the danger of frost has passed. It does not fare well in high heat and is best planted as a winter annual in mild climate zones (hot summers, mild winters) where hard freezes are rare. This phlox offers a pretty show in seasonal annual beds , spilling over container edges or as a groundcover in mixed borders.
12 - 1
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
10"-15" / 25.4cm - 38.1cm
18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm
Spring, Late Spring, Early Fall, Fall
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Purple, Lavender, Blue Violet
Bedding Plant, Container, Groundcover, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border
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