Phlox paniculata 'David'
Phlox paniculata 'David'

Phlox paniculata 'David'

SKU: S36036
1 for $16.95
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Common Name: Garden Phlox
Hardiness Zone: 4-8S/9W Exposure: Sun
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Blooms In: Jul-Sep
Mature Height: 40" Spacing: 18-24"
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Fragrance: Yes
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'David' is a white Phlox paniculata that is extremely free flowering, maintaining a very full display from mid-July well into September in our Moon Garden. It has a vigorous habit of growth and produces sturdy stems that will not be pushed around by wind and weather. Furthermore, it has the best mildew resistance of any white Phlox we have ever encountered.

Phlox paniculata (Garden Phlox) is the species that earned Phlox its reputation as an indispensable garden plant, and it's worth your while to have as many as possible to enliven your garden in late summer. These upright, often fragrant, favorites produce generous flower clusters that add weeks of carefree color to gardens in summer and fall. Plants in the species flower in a spectrum of shades that ranges from whites to pinks and purples to blues and reds to oranges. Fragrant varieties emit a subtle, sweet, delicious perfume. Pollinators will take notice.

The varied, versatile, and indispensable Phlox genus includes almost 70 species of perennials and annuals. The majority of these low-maintenance plants are native to North America where they can be found in a range of habitats from woodlands and meadows to rocky alpine areas. All have tubular flowers that attract hummingbirds, hummingbird moths (also called hawk moths), bees, and butterflies. Most have a spicy vanilla-clove perfume that delights us as well.

For more information on growing Phlox, click Growing Guide.

How to see a 3D model of this item

1. Click on the 3D Model image in the image gallery.

2. A pop up will open with the 3D model of the item. You can move the 3D model around with your mouse if on a computer or with your finger on your device. The 3D model represents a mature plant that is approximately 3 years old.

How to use (AR) Augmented Reality to see this item in your garden

1. Make sure your device has a camera and is connected to the internet. If you want to see the item in your garden and are on your computer, click the 3D Model image on your computer and a QR code will open that will allow you to open the link on your device.

2. Once you have clicked the 3D Model image on your device, go outside and face your device camera toward where you would like to see how the item will look in your garden.

3. To see the item in your own garden, click on the [AR] link in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. You might need to wait a few seconds for the AR experience to load. This only works from a device with a camera such as a mobile phone or a tablet.

4. Allow your device to access the camera, if prompted.

5. Point your device's camera at the area where you want to place the plant or garden.

6. The website will use Augmented Reality to place a virtual image of the item in the space you are looking at through your device’s camera. You can adjust the position of the virtual item by using two fingers to resize the item, or one finger to move the item around the screen, until you're satisfied with how it looks. To get an accurate sense of the size of this item, we recommend measuring out the area where you would like to plant it (the spacing for this item is 18-24"), and staking or flagging the borders so that you will have an accurate idea for the mature size of the item while using AR (the magnifier only enlarges the 3D model of the item, it does not change the actual size of the item). The 3D model represents a mature plant that is approximately 3 years old.

7. Move your device around to view the item from different angles and get a better idea of how it will look in your garden.

8. Once you have everything lined up, take a screenshot or tap the screen to show the AR experience controls and press the white circle to take a photo of the AR image to save it for future reference.

9. If you decide to purchase the item, you can use the AR image as a reference for placement in your garden.




The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. We also ship a wide range of containers and planters, tools, supplies, fertilizers, garden wear, garden decor items, as well as indoor decorations like wreaths and dried bouquets when available. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the green Shipping Details box for each item. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at the expected time of delivery.


We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.



Average Customer Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (18 Reviews) Write a Review

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Not worth the charge

I was shocked when I opened the shipping box and removed the 3 David Phlox in my order. Each plant is nothing more than a small root ball with one leaf that is wrapped in shredded newspaper and a plastic bag. For the $11.96 that I had paid for each plant I would expect a more substantial plant that will grow. I planted the root balls thatI received with the hope that they will grow but after reading the other reviews I guess I can't expect much. I am very disappointed in what is received for the price that is charged.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful. Do you? yes no  Certified buyer

Phlox David

I ordered 4 of them and planted in small pots to begin before I transplant them in the front yard. I was hoping at least 2 or 3 will survive. Unfortunately only 1 survived.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful. Do you? yes no  Certified buyer

Never came up

The order came in looking a bit spindly and unwell, but of course I planted them anyway. Never saw them again. I do know they can be a real nice perennial tho, because my grand mother had some.
Response from White Flower FarmWhite Flower Farm, 4 years ago (01/30/20 11:46AM)

I am sorry to learn this perennial did not survive planting and I will be contacting you via email regarding compensation.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful. Do you? yes no  Certified buyer

Very disappointed

I hope this is not a second review but I think I lost the first. Very disappointed one survived and bloomed, one never bloomed but is leafy and ok, the third is dead. Clearly the location and care are not at fault, phlox bought at Lowes at the same time planted with them did very well providing many flowers and great scent.
At this price I did not expect substandard plants, I bought late in the shipping season but I should have been told they were unavailable rather than being provided with plants from the bottom of the barrel so to speak. I am stretching when I buy at WFF but given this disappointment I’m going to stick with Lowes where I can pick my plants. Very sad as the catalog is very seductive but my experience overall has been iffy, this is the first death, but plants have struggled in the past as well.
Response from White Flower FarmWhite Flower Farm, 4 years ago (08/29/19 02:07PM)

I am sorry to learn these Phlox did not grow as expected. As all perennial plant material is guaranteed for a full year I will be contacting you via email regarding compensation.

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Striking centerpiece to my garden

I have two of these perennials in my garden and they are gorgeous! Strong stems support the huge blooms so I never have to stake or hoop the plants. Deer are attracted to them so I use a product called "Deer No No" in the spring and that usually deters them the rest of the year. I live in zone 5 and these plants typically get 3-4' of snow dumped on them throughout the winter and they emerge unscathed every spring. I never had problems with powdery mildew. Highly recommend!

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Latin Name Pronunciation: floks  

This important genus of valuable garden plants includes reliable and colorful species that bloom both early and late, in sun and shade, and in a range of rich colors that is equaled by few other genera. Most Phlox grow best in full sun (or partial shade in the South) and moist, well-drained soil.

P. divaricata laphamii is at its best in partial shade and in well-drained soil enriched with organic matter. Plants prefer soil with a slightly acid to neutral pH. They have an informal habit and root where the stems touch the ground, allowing them to form a ground cover where conditions suit them. Cut flowering stems to the ground after the blooms fade to keep plants looking tidy.

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″ 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.

Divide P. paniculata every few years, replanting sections from the edge of the clump and discarding the woody center.

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