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Phlox 'Wanda' (hybrid Phlox)

Phlox 'Wanda'

hybrid Phlox

Let's talk flower power. This Phlox grabbed our attention with its long-lasting bloom in vibrant magenta paired with excellent disease and pest resistance. A naturally-occurring Phlox hybrid seedling found in a garden, Phlox 'Wanda' was brought to plantsman Dr. Allan Armitage where it caught the eye of each passing visitor. Phlox 'Wanda' forms a solid low-growing mat of bloom over time and what really makes growers excited is how easy this plant is to grow and how it starts flowering even while its actively growing new roots. No wonder Phlox 'Wanda' is a cult-status item in horticultural circles! 


Height

20-24 in

Spread

16-20 in

Spacing

12 in

Bloom Color

Magenta

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-10

hybrid Phlox Interesting Notes

The story I was told is that a woman named Wanda handed this phlox to perennial plant guru Allan Armitage, who put it into the trial gardens at the University of Georgia. From there it might be said that it “went viral” in horticultural circles, but there is little to be found otherwise about its origins, or even exactly what species of phlox it might be. What is known, is that ‘Wanda’ is one tough blooming machine, in spite of the delicate appearance of its slender stems.

Wherever Wanda goes, the plant wins friends and influences people. Since this phlox has never been patented, it is freely propagated by a number of nurseries these days; yet, it might be hard to find simply because it sells out quickly, due to Wanda’s charming ways.

Wanda is thought to be a hybrid, and some speculate that the genes of Phlox divaricata might be in there along with P. pilosa. The plentiful flowers are a strong fuchsia, perhaps magenta, and may vary a bit on whether you place her in full sun or partial shade.

More than one grower has remarked on how easy it is to propagate this plant from cuttings and how quickly it blooms, often forming flowers simultaneously with new roots. In the garden it will begin flowering in mid spring, and continues throughout the summer months and on into fall. It has been reported to stay in bloom through the winter in cold frames, and even inside on sunny windowsills. - Carol Reese, UT Extension Horticulture Specialist

Phlox 'Wanda' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prefers garden locations in full sun to part sun in medium moisture, well-drained soils. Heat and humidity tolerant. It tolerates clay soils, black walnut, and some levels of salt. 

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Butterflies
Butterflies
Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Summer
Summer
Moist
Moist
Average
Average
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Salt Tolerance
Salt Tolerance
Groundcover
Groundcover

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Late Spring / Early Summer
Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Propagation Type
Vegetative
Attributes
Native to North America