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Growing Guide Phlox carolina, P. maculata, & P. paniculata (Garden Phlox)
Grow all three in full sun (or partial shade in the South) and moisture-retentive but well-drained soil. Divide P. paniculata every few years, replanting sections from the edge of the clump and discarding the woody center.

P. paniculata and, to a lesser extent, P. carolina and P. maculata are susceptible to powdery mildew, especially in dry soil. Water deeply during dry spells to reduce the incidence of disease, and dust with sulfur (available at most garden centers) beginning in early summer. Thinning half of the shoots when 6 inches tall in spring (to allow better air circulation) also helps keep mildew at bay and encourages plants to produce larger and longer-lasting flower heads.

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