Butterfly-Attracting, Disease-Resistant Phlox

By Charlie Nardozzi

Midsummer is tall phlox (Phlox paniculata and P. maculata) season in the perennial garden. Phlox is known for its beautiful flowers this time of year, but powdery mildew often ruins the show. There are disease-tolerant varieties of phlox available, but none are as attractive to butterflies as 'Jeana' phlox (P. paniculata 'Jeana').

'Jeana' grows 3 to 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide. It produces clusters of small pink flowers by midsummer. The long-lasting, sterile flowers are butterfly magnets. If grown side by side with other phlox varieties, most of the butterflies alight on 'Jeana'. The leaves are resistant to powdery mildew and, like all tall phlox, 'Jeana' is hardy in USDA zones 3 to 9, growing best in full sun on well-drained soil.

For more information on this variety, go to: Lazy S Farm Nursery.

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