Phlox paniculata 'Starfire'
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, moist soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: July to October
- Flower colour: deep crimson-red flowers
- Other features: fragrant flowers, slender dark green leaves
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Upright, dark purple stems are clothed with deep green foliage that emerges in spring with a red flush. This provides a marvellous contrast for the flat-faced, bright cherry-red fragrant flowers, which open from dark buds to form very showy terminal cymes.
- Garden care: Support with bamboo canes, brushwood or ring stakes before the flowers appear. Cut back and compost the faded flower-stems in late autumn. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted compost or manure around the base of the plant in early spring.
- Goes well with: Alchemilla mollis, Salvia verticillata 'Purple Sensation', Verbena bonariensis, Allium hollandicum 'Purple Sensation', Echinops ritro
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