Phlox paniculata 'Tenor'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Phlox-Tall Garden

Lush clusters of fragrant, magenta flowers with a red eye billow above the strong-stemmed plants from mid thru late summer. 'Tenor' is an early bloomer that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

Origin: Native Cultivar


  24 Inches
  18-24 Inches
Flower Color:
  Red shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
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Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
  Attracts hummingbirds
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
  Late summer
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Rain Garden


Border plants
Cut flower or foliage
Fragrant flowers or foliage
Mass Planting

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Phlox paniculata is unequaled for showy blooms over a long period throughout the summer. Though they are some of the most popular perennials available, they do require some maintenance to sustain their health and vigor.

Tall Garden Phlox grows best in rich, moist soil in full sun. It will thrive with bi-monthly fertilizing and consistant moisture levels. Overhead watering should be avoided since some varieties of phlox are susceptible to powdery mildew. This can be avoided or diminished by providing ample air circulation around the plants and by thinning them out periodically. Deadheading will prolong bloom time and prevent self-seeding.


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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.