Wednesday, July 24, 2013

My Plant of the Day - 'David'

My adorable new love recently saw this plant and asked if it was a "hydrangea".  To which, I laughed and said, "No - that's David"...

Phlox paniculata 'David' is showing his very best right now.  With lots of summer sun and no rain, he's tall, strong and loaded with flowers.

He's perhaps gotten a little too big and has kind of swallowed the plants below him, but he's easy on the eyes, so I will cut him some slack.

'David' — A garden phlox cultivar that typically grows in an upright clump to 3-4' tall. Fragrant, tubular flowers (1/2-1" diameter) with long corolla tubes and five flat petal-like lobes are pure white. Individual flowers are densely arranged in large, terminal, pyramidal clusters (panicles to 6-12" long) in summer atop stiff, upright stems which seldom need staking. Long mid to late summer bloom sometimes extends into early fall. Narrow, opposite, pointed, lance-shaped leaves to 5" long. Good fresh cut flower. 

The name phlox is derived from the Greek word for flame.

Guess David does look a little like a Hydrangea!