Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata 'Mystique Black') in the Phloxes Database

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 24 - 36 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 18 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Division

This nearly open stage lasts a long time,hence the \"black\" tag.

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Location: SunZone 6aDate: 2013-07-28This nearly open stage lasts a long time,hence the \"black\" tag.
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Location: Part Sun Z 6 aDate: 2012-07-24First year for this plant in my garden.I was told the bud stage l
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Location: Sun Zone 6aDate: 2012-07-28Its been a week since the last image of Mystique Black.These buds
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Location: Sun Zone 6aDate: 2012-08-10Blossoms starting
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Location: Sun Zone 6aDate: 2012-08-10
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Location: SunZone 6aDate: 2013-07-18
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Location: SunZone 6aDate: 2013-07-28
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Location: SunZone 6aDate: 2013-08-11
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Comments:
Posted by ge1836 (Pittsford NY - Zone 6a) on Aug 31, 2013 7:12 AM

This is the second year for this phlox. I had 6 plants and all but two died the first winter. The last two are struggling here in zone 6a and I doubt one will return next spring.

I haven't seen any increase in plant size or root increasing.
I like the dark eggplant, almost black, buds on the bloom heads. They last a very long time -- thus the Black Mystique name, I suppose.
Alas, when the buds begin to open, they do so at a slow pace and the first few open florets die back before the entire head is open, giving the bloom an unpleasant appearance.
I doubt I will replace these plants if they succumb.

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