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PHLOX 'Sherbet Cocktail'

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Family

Polemoniaceae

Botanical Name

PHLOX 'Sherbet Cocktail' PPAF

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Phlox, Sherbet Cocktail Garden Phlox

General Description

The first hybrid garden phlox to include yellow in its floral color scheme, 'Sherbet Cocktail' is a tall, upright herbaceous perennial introduced in 2007. It bears rounded clusters of yellow buds which open to pale mauve-pink, cream-rimmed flowers. Bloom is from midsummer to early fall. Removing spent clusters prompts the growth of secondary clusters from buds lower on the stem. The paired lance-shaped leaves are mildew-resistant.

This perennial does best in full sun and moist fertile well-drained soil. It benefits from good air circulation so give it room. When the leaves dry quickly after a rain or watering, there is less risk of powdery mildew (a disfiguring leaf disease). The flowers may bleach in hot sun. Plant several specimens en masse for the best show of bloom. This is a useful perennial in formal borders and a good producer of cut flowers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    0"-0" / 0.0cm - 0.0cm (28)

  • Width

    0"-0" / 0.0cm - 0.0cm (20)

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes