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Herbaceous Perennial

Phlox paniculata Adessa Special Fire (Adessa Series)
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perennial phlox 'Adessa Special Fire'

A compact, clump-forming perennial to 50cm tall with dark green foliage and upright stems topped with clusters of scented dark pink to red flowers from summer into autumn

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Pink Red Green
Autumn Pink Red Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Polemoniaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Phlox may be evergreen or herbaceous, mat-forming or erect perennials or shrubs, with simple leaves and salver-shaped flowers in terminal clusters

Name status

Trade

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moist soil in full sun or partial shade

Propagation

Propagate by division in autumn or spring, by basal cuttings in spring or root cuttings in early autumn or winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Cut flowers
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Deadhead to prolong flowering then cut down to the base in late autumn

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be subject to a downy mildew and a leaf spot

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