Short, compact plant needs no staking, and spreads gloriously over time.
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Minnie Pearl Phlox

1-Quart
Item # 31526
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Phlox x 'Minnie Pearl'

A naturally occurring hybrid of P. maculata x P. glaberrima, found growing in Mississippi.
As usual, Nature is leaps and bounds ahead of man's best efforts. After decades of effort by plantsmen to breed compact size and mildew resistance into Phlox, a natural hybrid is found happily growing in hot, humid Mississippi: short, spreading, long-blooming, and completely mildew-free! 'Minnie Pearl'!

A natural cross of P. maculata x P. glaberrima, 'Minnie Pearl' reaches just 12 to 18 inches high in full bloom, with foliage topping out at about 6 to 8 inches tall! The flowerstems are sturdy yet slender, boasting lovely rounded clusters of small, perfect white blooms, sweetly scented and so long-lasting in garden or vase. They begin in mid-spring in many climates, their gleaming white color making the bold Tulips stand out even more dramatically, and they continue into early summer, welcoming the first butterflies of the season and perfuming the sunny garden.

Beneath the blooms, the long, fresh green foliage is lush and absolutely untouched by mildew, looking as good in October as it did in April. 'Minnnie Pearl' spreads slowly, reaching 2 feet wide within two seasons. A native perennial, it is drought-tolerant, has few diseases and pests to plague it, and is widely adaptable.

'Minnie Pearl' was found growing in Mississippi by plantswoman Karen Partlow. It makes a great cutflower, and is also useful as a groundcover and in meadow and wildflower gardens. This is a plant to treasure, and we are honored to offer it to Wayside gardeners this season. Find a place of honor for 'Minnie Pearl' in your landscape this season! Zones 5-9.

Genus Phlox
Species x
Variety 'Minnie Pearl'
ItemForm 1-Quart
Zone 5 - 9
BloomStartToEnd Mid Spring - Early Summer
Habit Compact
PlantHeight 6 in - 8 in
PlantWidth 24 in
AdditionalCharacteristics Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Fragrance, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers, Native
BloomColor White
FoliageColor Medium Green
LightRequirements Full Sun
MoistureRequirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Downy Mildew, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant, Powdery Mildew
SoilTolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Ground Cover, Outdoor
Restrictions Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands
Minnie Pearl PhloxMinnie Pearl Phlox
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
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amazing plant
Dale from SC wrote (January 25, 2013):
I live in SC and this plant is still blooming in January. It has never stopped since it started last Spring. It has thrived during the hot humid summer as well. Now it is starting to spread so I will have even more flowers.
  • Butterflies like a lot of sunlight, so locate your garden in a sunny area.

  • If you live in a windy location, plant your butterfly-attracting plants near a building, fence, or hedge to protect them.

  • Plant a variety of nectar-rich plants, as well as shrubs and evergreens for shelter.

  • Since many butterflies and native flowering plants have co-evolved, try to put in some that are native to your area. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center provides lists of plants native to states and regions.

  • Certain colors are particularly attracting to butterflies – red, yellow, pink, purple, or orange blooms that are clustered or flat-topped, with a short flower tubes are especially attractive to adult butterflies.

  • Avoid using pesticides, especially around nectar-producing plants.

  • Provide a shallow source of water – try a birdbath with pebbles lining the bowl.

  • Place a rock in a sunny spot for butterfly basking and resting.

  • Create a "puddling area" by digging a shallow hole filled with compost or manure where rainwater will collect and release essential salts and minerals.

  • If you want butterflies to breed in your garden, put in some caterpillar food plants, such as parsley, milkweeds, asters, thistles, violets, clover, grasses, and Queen Anne’s Lace.

  • Since butterflies need nectar throughout the entire adult phase of their lives, try to create a design that will allow for a continuous bloom – when one stops blooming, another starts.
Phlox

Planting:

Space plants 12 to 15 inches apart in full sun to partial shade. In warmer climates, provide more shade. Performs best in an average garden soil that is well-drained and contains extra organic matter.


Maintenance:

Water during periods of drought, and add a mulch of straw, pine needles, shredded bark, or chopped leaves to conserve moisture. Remove spent flowers after bloom.


Zones:

Zones 5-9

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Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:


1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.