Phlox nana Perfect Pink

Perfect Pink Santa Fe Phlox - 2013 Plant of the Year

 
 
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Exclusive. Perfect Pink Phlox (Santa Fe Phlox) is a one of the very best Western wildflowers. Blooming in late spring with hundreds of large deep pink, white eyed flowers, it continues to bloom off and on throughout the summer. Grows in any soil including heavy clay. Drought resistant/drought tolerant perennial plant (xeric).

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Zones 4 - 8
Advantages
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 77114
Award: Perennial Plant of the Year

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5-8" tall x 12-15" wide. Phlox nana 'Perfect Pink' (Santa Fe Phlox) is without question, one of our finest western native perennials. While easily grown in the garden, the plant is almost never available because it's very difficult to propagate. " 'Perfect Pink' is a large flowered clone I've been growing in my garden for more than 25 years," said horticulturist David Salman. "I selected the original plant from the wild for its huge (1 ½" diameter) flowers with wide, deep pink petals that surround a small white eye." The plant grows as a tidy mound of stems with narrow, blue-green deciduous foliage. Blooming in late spring, it re-flowers in late summer in response to summer rain. Very long lived, it will gently sucker to make large cushions of glowing pink flowers. Native to NM, west TX and northern TX. 2013 Plant of the Year.

Praise for Phlox nana: 

“Phlox nana is THE phlox, the ultimate phlox—everyone should have in their xeriscape or rock garden. It has started blooming for me in late April some years, and is more or less covered with flowers month in, month out until October. What other plant can boast this kind of flower power? And the flowers are refulgent, pure pink. My mentor, botanist Paul Maslin, doted on this phlox and wrote about it almost half a century ago: 'I know no xeriscape perennial that blooms as beautifully, for as long, or grows as lustily as this Western gem!' Kudos to High Country Gardens for cracking the code of how to grow this plant!”

--Panayoti Kelaidis, Director of Out Reach, (former Curator of the Alpine Rock Garden), Denver Botanic Garden, Denver, CO

Learn More About Phlox nana Perfect Pink

SKU 77114
Common Name Perfect Pink Santa Fe Phlox - 2013 Plant of the Year
Botanical Name Phlox nana Perfect Pink
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 5-8" tall
Mature Spread 12-15" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20"
Advantages Rabbit Resistant, Native
Special Groups High Country Gardens Exclusive, High Country Gardens Introduction
Ideal Region Western Only, Suitable Above 7000 ft, Southwest, West
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Phlox (tall and groundcover types)
Phlox are generally sun-loving native plants that attract butterflies. Many phlox varieties are wonderfully fragrant.

Phlox can be divided into two groups;
  • Phlox paniculata (Tall garden phlox)
  • Groundcover types (Phlox nana, P. kelseyi, P. subulata and others)
  • Phlox paniculata (Tall Garden Phlox) - tall, showy perennials blooming in mid-summer with fragrant flowers.
    • Preferred growing conditions:
    • Grows best in compost enriched garden loam. Avoid heavy, wet soils and clay.
    • Likes to be mulched to keep soil more evenly moist. Most common mulching materials are fine.
    • Likes to grow in soil that stays evenly moist.
    • Plant in full sun
    • Enrich the soil at planting time with good quality compost and Yum Yum Mix.
      • Special comments:
      • Phlox can sometimes be troubled by powdery mildew, but planting mildew-resistant varieties, keeping the soil evenly moist and not watering overhead in the afternoon/evening will prevent most outbreaks.
      • Deadhead to prolong blooming.
      • These perennials appreciate yearly fall applications of Yum Yum Mix and compost to improve the humus content and enhance water-holding capacity of the soil.
        • 2. Phlox nana, P. kelseyi, P. subulata and others (Groundcover Phlox)
          These perennial species are low growing and are used as groundcovers. Some are evergreen and most have fragrant flowers.

          Preferred growing conditions:
        • These species grow in a wide range of soil types including clay.
        • Most of these groundcover varieties prefer coarse-textured mulches like pine needles, crushed nut shells and crushed gravel.
        • Many of the groundcover phlox are xeric and only need periodic deep watering during summer heat.
        • Plant in hot, full sun areas.
        • They only need modest soil improvement, so use a few handfuls of Yum Yum Mix and good quality compost to prepare the soil for planting.
          • Special comments:
          • These are low-care perennials that need little attention once established.
            • Garden care:
            • Cut back herbaceous species like Phlox nana in mid-spring. Evergreen types like P. subulata and P. kelseyi need no trimming or cutting back.
            • Fertilize once in the fall with Yum Yum Mix and Planters II.

    View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

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    High Country GardensPhlox nana Perfect Pink
     
    4.0

    (based on 20 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

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    84%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attractive (16)
    • Hardy (14)
    • Accurate instructions (11)
    • Healthy (11)
    • Versatile (6)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden (15)
    • Outdoors (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid gardener (11), Master gardener (6), Getting started (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Needs monitoring during atypcal weather patterns

    Good beginning, the plant was healthy and had a few blooms. It was planted in a pot for close watching for a vigorous growth. In spite of my careful attention, the plant slowly...Read complete review

    Good beginning, the plant was healthy and had a few blooms. It was planted in a pot for close watching for a vigorous growth. In spite of my careful attention, the plant slowly lost health and finally withered and died.

    So sorry. We had a challenging spring (too wet) and summer (too hot and dry) so many plants didn't survive alternate weather patterns during the growing season, although the weeds thrived en masse.

    In the comment box below, if I did recommend it, I'd comment on weather sensitivity.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Might Be Wet Intolerant

    I planted several of these, some perfect pink and some lemhi, last spring. Two didn't make it til fall; the last two didn't come back this spring. Denver is semi-arid, but we...Read complete review

    I planted several of these, some perfect pink and some lemhi, last spring. Two didn't make it til fall; the last two didn't come back this spring. Denver is semi-arid, but we had a very wet 2015. In my limited experience, some xeric plants can handle a wet year, others can't. These and most agastache seem to be examples of the former. I would avoid these unless you live in a consistently arid zone or have very well draining soil.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Long Lasting Color

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    from Rio Rancho, NM

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors
      • Patio
      • Pool Area

      Comments about High Country Gardens Phlox nana Perfect Pink:

      This plant established easily, spread and bloomed impressively in its first year, and provides color all summer long.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very pretty

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      from Colorado

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      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden
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        Comments about High Country Gardens Phlox nana Perfect Pink:

        We'll see what happens over the winter. So far so good.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Blooms almost non stop.

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        from Rapid City, SD

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        • Attractive
        • Hardy
        • Healthy

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Phlox nana Perfect Pink:

          I put these plants as a border in a flower bed that is bordered by rocks. They fill in very rapidly, are very hardy and drought tolerant, and bloom almost continuously. The color is true and bright, and the spread is accurate. They were easy to plant and establish. They bloomed the first year, but came into their own the 2nd year.

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          5.0

          Looking forward to it being more established!

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          from Denver, CO

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          • Attractive
          • Hardy

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Phlox nana Perfect Pink:

            I look forward to seeing what this plant does this year. Love how it can come back twice in the growing season.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love these plants

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            from Ruidoso New Mexico

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            • Accurate Instructions
            • Attractive
            • Healthy
            • Versatile

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              • Garden
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              Comments about High Country Gardens Phlox nana Perfect Pink:

              I have wanted some Santa Fe phlox for a long time. Now that I have some, they are as pretty as I thought they would be. I look forward to a lot of blooms this year.

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              5.0

              Ground cover phlox

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              from Chiloquin, Oregon

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              • Accurate Instructions
              • Attractive
              • Hardy
              • Healthy
              • Versatile

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                • Garden

                Comments about High Country Gardens Phlox nana Perfect Pink:

                This phlox does well in my high desert 4200' elevation garden. It is almost always in bloom and now it has established it is beginning to spread by underground runners It is not at all invasive. I have purchased it twice and plan to purchase more for another part of my yard.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I will buy more of this plant.

                By 

                from foothills in Littleton CO

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                Pros

                • Accurate Instructions
                • Attractive
                • Hardy
                • Healthy
                • Looks Just Like Santa Fe

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Garden
                  • Outdoors

                  Comments about High Country Gardens Phlox nana Perfect Pink:

                  I had seen this plant blooming in Santa Fe and could not find it in the trade. Thrilled to find it at HCG. Struggled the first year as it was planted in the fall, but this spring it is blooming well. Will order a couple more for additional places in my extensive native garden. It is a winner!

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                  (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Might Be Wet Intolerant

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                  from Denver, CO

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                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Use
                    • Flimsy

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                      Comments about High Country Gardens Phlox nana Perfect Pink:

                      I planted several of these, some perfect pink and some lemhi, last spring. Two didn't make it til fall; the last two didn't come back this spring. Denver is semi-arid, but we had a very wet 2015. In my limited experience, some xeric plants can handle a wet year, others can't. These and most agastache seem to be examples of the former. I would avoid these unless you live in a consistently arid zone or have very well draining soil.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Deader than a doornail.

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                      from Pittsburg, Kansas

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                        Cons

                        • Did Not Survive Winter

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                        Comments about High Country Gardens Phlox nana Perfect Pink:

                        Three plants were shipped and planted in the fall. All 3 stayed alive through the fall, turned brown for winter, and never greened up or came back this spring. I live in zone 6 and we had a very mild and dry winter. I thought these plants would grow here because the description says they can grow in heavy clay soil, which we have. Maybe they should have been planted in the spring and not the fall?

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Western workhorse

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                        from Denver, CO

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                        • Attractive
                        • Hardy
                        • Healthy

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                          • Garden

                          Comments about High Country Gardens Phlox nana Perfect Pink:

                          I planted this lasr October and it had vigorously started growing this spring, with the first fuschia flowers unfurling in late April. It's planted in a "problem" area (hot and sparse) and I have great hopes it will spread some beauty in that corner!

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                          5.0

                          Small but mighty

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                          from La Veta, CO

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                          • Accurate Instructions
                          • Hardy
                          • Healthy
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

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                            • Garden
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                            Comments about High Country Gardens Phlox nana Perfect Pink:

                            I could tell this little plant had big aspirations the minute I planted it. It is already up and spreading in the rock garden this spring, and I'm looking forward to pink flowers soon.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Long lasting, truly pink flowers

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                            from Rapid City, South Dakota

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                              Comments about High Country Gardens Phlox nana Perfect Pink:

                              I planted these in a rock garden border with a water fountain. They arrived healthy and well packed; a late snow did not stop them from rooting and flowering the first year. The flowers are long lasting and they grew quite a bit this first year.

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                              4.0

                              Survived. hoping for more next year

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                              from Littleton CO

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                              Pros

                              • Accurate Instructions
                              • Attractive

                              Cons

                              • Small In Size

                              Best Uses

                              • Garden

                              Comments about High Country Gardens Phlox nana Perfect Pink:

                              Hoping it will spread and lookk like the real S F phlox in arizona.

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                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Needs monitoring during atypcal weather patterns

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                              from Urbana IL

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                              Pros

                              • Accurate Instructions
                              • Attractive

                              Cons

                              • Weather Incompatible

                              Best Uses

                              • Garden
                              • Outdoors

                              Comments about High Country Gardens Phlox nana Perfect Pink:

                              Good beginning, the plant was healthy and had a few blooms. It was planted in a pot for close watching for a vigorous growth. In spite of my careful attention, the plant slowly lost health and finally withered and died.

                              So sorry. We had a challenging spring (too wet) and summer (too hot and dry) so many plants didn't survive alternate weather patterns during the growing season, although the weeds thrived en masse.

                              In the comment box below, if I did recommend it, I'd comment on weather sensitivity.

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              2.0

                              Phlox nana Perfect Pink is lost in the garden

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                              from albuquerque

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                              Pros

                              • Hardy
                              • Healthy
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                              • Flimsy
                              • Small In Size

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about High Country Gardens Phlox nana Perfect Pink:

                                This phlox is lost in my established garden. If I was starting over. I could place it like a ground cover similar to ice plant or another small variety. Likes the sun and is hardy, but the floral display is just OK and is not erect enough for my liking. Has to be planted by itself to be useful, which is not my garden!

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                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Sweet pink

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                                from Fresno, CA

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                                • Attractive
                                • Hardy

                                Cons

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                                  • Outdoors

                                  Comments about High Country Gardens Phlox nana Perfect Pink:

                                  Very sweet, blooms in the early morning but fades by afternoon. Would be more spectactular with more than one plant.

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                                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  revised review

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                                  from Delta, Colorado

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                                  Pros

                                  • Attractive
                                  • Hardy

                                  Cons

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                                    • Garden
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                                    Comments about High Country Gardens Phlox nana Perfect Pink:

                                    I wrote a review saying it hadn't returned this Spring, but apparently it was just a late sleeper.

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                                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Tough and long blooming

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                                    from Boulder, CO

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                                    Pros

                                    • Accurate Instructions
                                    • Attractive
                                    • Drought tolerant
                                    • Hardy
                                    • Long Blooming
                                    • Tough

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Give It Space
                                      • Ground cover
                                      • Low Water
                                      • Low Water Area
                                      • Plant In Groups

                                      Comments about High Country Gardens Phlox nana Perfect Pink:

                                      Only the second season for this plant, so we'll see its character over time. But, seems hardy, tough, low water, nice pink flowers, seems to be spreading as I want it to cover a hot dry area. And I love long blooming xeric plants!

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                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      Beautiful color!

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                                      from Lubbock, Tx

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                                      Pros

                                      • Attractive
                                      • Hardy
                                      • Healthy

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Garden
                                        • Outdoors

                                        Comments about High Country Gardens Phlox nana Perfect Pink:

                                        Even after 2 difficult years weather, this little beauty with bright fuscha blooms is in good health and finally spreading! Lovely with lavender and blackfoot daisies.

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                                        3.0

                                        Bloomed shortly after planting

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                                        from Western Colorado

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                                        Pros

                                        • Attractive
                                        • Healthy

                                        Cons

                                        • Hasn't Reurned This Sprin
                                        • Winter Killed

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about High Country Gardens Phlox nana Perfect Pink:

                                          Grew well and bloomed shortly after I planted it, but it hasn't returned this Spring

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