One of the best phloxes: Phlox condensata

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Kelaidis
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AMAZING: I have never had Phlox hendersonii last more than a few months, but I have Phlox hoodii in troughs for over 20 years--maybe even 25...I have never had luck with P. pungens.

It is obvious that siting and microclimate are paramount: I would NEVER have dreamed either of these would make it in New York. Such arrogance!

Can't wait to try them again: only I shall pamper them this time in the best troughs and crevices...thanks for opening my eyes!

For every minion of the peaks there are a dozen steppe children growing in the dry Continental heart of all hemispheres still unknown to horticulture.

Lori S.
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A dinky little Phlox hendersonii (I think that's what it is - please correct me if I'm wrong!) that has, however, lasted since 2006 here in a trough.  This photo is from last year at this time; this year's bloom, perhaps due to all the snow and wretched weather, was prolonged but thin at any one time... didn't seem worth photographing.  Can't wait to see Anne's to see what my plant should aspire to!  :)

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Anne Spiegel
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Joined: 2010-01-26

Hi Lori,  I'm so sorry that I didn't remember to photograph Phlox hendersonii this year.  All my photos are slides. I'm always forgetting to photograph so it's taking a long time to replace the slide with digital images.
I'll definitely photograph it next year. Of course, we have had an incredibly hot spring, more like July weather, so it's long finished blooming.  I think the foliage is quite wonderful as well. It glistens a bit - I think of it as diamond dusted.  It seems to be a good doer here.

Mark McD
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Joined: 2009-12-14

Skulski wrote:

A dinky little Phlox hendersonii (I think that's what it is - please correct me if I'm wrong!) that has, however, lasted since 2006 here in a trough.  This photo is from last year at this time; this year's bloom, perhaps due to all the snow and wretched weather, was prolonged but thin at any one time... didn't seem worth photographing.  Can't wait to see Anne's to see what my plant should aspire to!  :)

Lori, I wouldn't belittle your plant; the flowers are so round, distinctive, and satisfying, I personally would be very happy with such a "dinky little" plant.  :D

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

Wow, Phlox pungens and P. condensata ssp. covillei are spectacular! 

Spiegel wrote:

Hi Lori,  I'm so sorry that I didn't remember to photograph Phlox hendersonii this year.  I think the foliage is quite wonderful as well. It glistens a bit - I think of it as diamond dusted.  It seems to be a good doer here.

No problem, Anne.  Hope to see it next year, as it just sounds better and better!

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

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