Annual phlox 'Phlox of Sheep' Phlox drummondii 'Phlox of Sheep'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
annual phlox 'Phlox of Sheep'


'Phlox of Sheep' is an upright annual to 30cm, with narrow leaves and, in spring, clusters of salver-shaped flowers 2.5cm across, in pastel shades of creamy-yellow, pink, or salmon, some with white eyes

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Annual Phlox, Drummond's Phlox, Pride of Texas, Texas Pride.

    • Common names

      Phlox drummondii.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1-1.5 feet (30-45 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attracts Pollinators: The plant is known to attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects to the garden.
    • Easy to Grow: It often thrives in a variety of conditions and requires minimal maintenance, making it suitable for novice gardeners.
    • Colorful Blooms: With its vibrant flowers, it adds a splash of color to gardens, borders, and landscapes.
    • Drought Tolerant: Once established, it can tolerate periods of low water, making it suitable for xeriscaping or drought-prone areas.
    • Ground Cover: Its growth habit can help suppress weeds and cover bare spots in the garden.
    • Long Blooming Period: It has a relatively long flowering season, providing color and interest for an extended period.
    • Versatile: It's suitable for container gardening, rock gardens, and can be used in various garden designs.
    • Deer Resistant: It is generally not favored by deer, which can be advantageous in areas where deer browsing is a problem.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • As a natural dye: Phlox can be used to create natural dyes for fabrics, offering a range of colors depending on the mordant used.
    • Insect repellent: Some gardeners plant phlox among other plants as it is believed to help repel certain insect pests.
    • Culinary decoration: The flowers of phlox can be used as edible decorations on cakes, salads, and desserts.
    • Photography backdrop: With their bright colors, phlox flowers are often used as natural backdrops in photography.
    • Educational tool: Phlox is used in schools or educational programs to teach about pollination and plant biology.
    • Art supplies: The petals of phlox can be utilized in art projects, pressed flower crafts, or to make natural confetti.
    • Companion planting: Phlox is employed in companion planting to attract pollinators which benefit neighboring fruit and vegetable crops.
    • Garden borders: Phlox's dense growth habit makes it suitable for creating clear delineations between different areas in a garden.
    • Beekeeping attractant: The nectar-rich flowers can help attract bees, supporting local beekeeping efforts.
    • Soil erosion control: Phlox, when planted on slopes or banks, can help stabilize the soil and prevent erosion.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Phlox is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Phlox is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Harmony: Phlox translates to 'flame' in Greek and often symbolizes harmony and unity, perhaps due to its many florets forming a complete and cohesive whole.
    • Unity: The clustering nature of Phlox flowers, growing together in bunches, represents the idea of people coming together and forming a tight-knit community.
    • Partnership: Because they bloom in rich clusters, Phlox is sometimes associated with compatible partnerships and relationships that support one another.
    • New Beginnings: As a perennial that returns year after year, Phlox can symbolize renewal and the start of new ventures or phases in life.
    • Agreement: The plant's ability to spread and cover ground harmoniously makes it a symbol of agreement and consensus in various cultures.
    • Proposal: In the Victorian language of flowers, Phlox would have been gifted as a proposal or in gestures of sweet dreams about the future with a partner.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every year
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Annual Phlox, commonly known as Annual Phlox, requires regular watering to keep the soil evenly moist, especially during hot, dry periods. It is usually sufficient to water this plant once or twice a week, allowing for deeper soil penetration rather than frequent shallow waterings. The amount needed can vary, but as a general rule, you should aim to provide at least an inch of water each week, which translates to around 0.623 gallons per square foot. Overwatering should be avoided to prevent root rot, so it's crucial to reduce watering during rainy spells or if the soil is still moist from the previous watering.

  • sunLight

    Annual Phlox thrives in full sun to partial shade conditions. It prefers to be positioned in a spot that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight a day, but it can also tolerate some afternoon shade especially in hotter climates. Avoid placing it where it will be in deep shade, as this can lead to poor flowering and increase susceptibility to disease.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Annual Phlox is best suited to temperatures between 60 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. It can tolerate minimum temperatures down to about 50 degrees Fahrenheit, but frost can be damaging. The plant prefers warmer days and cool nights, and consistently high temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit can lead to stress and poor performance.

  • scissorsPruning

    Annual Phlox benefits from regular deadheading to encourage continued blooming and to maintain a neat appearance. Prune off spent flower heads and any discolored or damaged foliage as needed during the blooming season. The best time for more extensive pruning is in late winter or early spring before new growth starts, cutting back any old stems to promote fresh, vigorous growth.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Annual Phlox prefers well-draining soil with a pH between 6.0 and 8.0. A mix of garden soil, compost, and a bit of sand or perlite works well to ensure adequate drainage and fertility for robust growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Annual Phlox, being an annual, typically does not require repotting. It is sown directly into the garden or container where it will bloom for a season and then die.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Annual Phlox tolerates a range of humidity levels but thrives in moderate conditions. Excessive humidity can promote fungal diseases, so good air circulation is important.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light, well-draining soil, and moderate water.

    • Outdoor

      Full sun, well-drained soil, regular watering, and spacing for air.

    • Hardiness zone

      2-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Phlox of Sheep begins its life cycle as a seed that germinates in spring when the soil temperature rises above 60 degrees Fahrenheit. After germination, seedlings emerge and develop a root system and foliage, entering a vegetative growth phase. The plants then undergo a flowering stage, usually in late spring to early summer, producing clusters of colorful blossoms that attract pollinators. Following pollination, the flowers develop into fruit that contains small seeds, which mature by late summer or early fall. Once mature, the seeds are dispersed by wind or wildlife, and the parent plant begins to senesce, eventually dying back with the onset of cooler temperatures or the first frost. The seeds overwinter in the soil and restart the life cycle when conditions become favorable again.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Phlox drummondii, commonly known as Annual Phlox or Drummond's Phlox, is most popularly propagated by seed. Sowing can commence in late winter to early spring indoors about 6-8 weeks before the last expected frost, or the seeds can be directly sowed into the garden after the danger of frost has passed. For indoor sowing, lightly press the seeds into moistened, well-drained potting mix, ensuring they are not covered as they require light to germinate. Maintaining a temperature within the seed-raising tray of 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit (18-21 degrees Celsius) will encourage germination. Once seedlings have developed strong roots and there are no more frosts, they can be transplanted outdoors to a sunny or partly shaded area with well-drained soil.