Phlox nana Perfect Pink

Perfect Pink Santa Fe Phlox

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). 2013 Plant of the Year.
Zones4 - 8
Advantages
Easy To Grow
Attract Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Native
Fragrant
Groundcover
Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
Great For Mass Plantings
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
Mature Height5-8" tall
Mature Spread12-15" wide
Bloom TimeLate spring to early summer
ShippingNow shipping to zones 2-10.
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SizePlant - 5" Pot
SKUHC014685

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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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 northern TX and isolated portions of west 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

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SKUHC014685
Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Pot
Common Name
Perfect Pink Santa Fe Phlox
Botanical Name
Phlox nana Perfect Pink
Zones
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Pink
Mature Height
5-8" tall
Mature Spread
12-15" wide
Bloom Time
Late spring to early summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount Of Rain
10 to 20"
Advantages
Easy To Grow, Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Fragrant, Groundcover, Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant, Great For Mass Plantings
Awards
Perennial Plant of the Year
Ideal Region
West, Western Only, Southwest, Suitable Above 7000 ft
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Native To
North America
Item Unit Of Measure
Plant
Ships To 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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