Scottish botanist, Thomas Drummond, starting sending phlox seeds from Texas back to Europe in 1835. After years of breeding, this phlox was born. The intriguing star patterns on bi-colored, clustered blooms make Starry Eyes a captivating addition to your cut-flower garden. Pollinators and hummingbirds are drawn to the quick-to-bloom, fragrant blossoms. Blooming may pause in intense summer heat, to renew in the cooler days of late summer and fall. In cooler areas, blooms continue through the summer.
Botanical Name: Phlox drummondii
Plant Dimensions: 18″–20″ tall
Variety Information: 1″ flowers in clusters, in an array of colors, including white with mauve or blue centers, buff with mauve centers, rose, purples, carmine, blues, and reds with contrasting colored striations emanating from the center.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Bloom Period: Blooms begin 6 to 7 weeks from sowing and continue until frost, going dormant in extreme heat.
Attributes: Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date. Mild climates: Fall sowing recommended. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 50°–60°F.
When to Start Inside: 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date. Sow in biodegradable pots; roots sensitive to disturbance.
Days to Emerge: 10–21 Days
Seed Depth: 1/8″
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 8″–12″
Thinning: When 2 sets of leaves, thin to one every 8″–12″
Harvesting: For longest vase-life, harvest flowers in the morning.