\ ˈfläks How to pronounce phlox (audio) \
plural phlox or phloxes

Definition of phlox

: any of a genus (Phlox of the family Polemoniaceae, the phlox family) of American annual or perennial herbs that have usually pink, purplish, white, or variegated flowers, a salverform corolla with the stamens on its tube, and a 3-valved capsular fruit

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Dame's rocket, an exotic invasive from Eurasia, is frequently confused with garden phlox (Phlox paniculata), a native perennial. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Common problems challenge gardeners," 25 July 2019 In the back some of the plants are golden Japanese forest grass, Spikenard, Brunnera, a beech tree, Golden Bleeding Heart, Barronwort, lilies, butterfly bush, rosebushes, ferns, Heuchera, Lamium, bugleweed, phlox, and Persicaria virginiana. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Couple turn east side party house into historically appropriate home with lush gardens," 25 July 2019 Fanick’s phlox has a fragrance that resembles that of lilac. Calvin Finch,, "Fall tomato season is almost here," 12 July 2019 For a fragrant flower, plant night blooming jasmine or Fanick’s phlox. Calvin Finch,, "Fall tomato season is almost here," 12 July 2019 Twenty-two plants are included as nectar sources from bee balm and gaura to phlox and verbena. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Butterfly garden new attraction at Willow Fork Park," 2 July 2019 From the dwarf-saucer magnolias in early spring, to the hollyhocks that Cogswell specified for the original garden, the long blooming phlox and the exotic perfume of the Plantagenet hostas in the fall, Riley watches over the process. Joan Hunt,, "Webb House Garden The Centerpiece Of CT Garden Tour," 27 June 2019 Plant them in borders with catmints (Nepeta), garden phlox (Phlox paniculata), blazingstars (Liatris), yarrows (Achillea), and Shasta daisies (Leucanthemum maximum). The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Gorgeous Echinacea in Your Garden," 29 May 2018 In cooler areas, combine white-flowered H. plantaginea with variegated Japanese silver grass (Miscanthussinensis 'Caberet'), garden phlox (Phlox paniculata), and other perennials in borders protected from the hottest afternoon sun. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow The Most Stunning Hostas," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of phlox

circa 1706, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phlox

New Latin, from Latin, a flower, from Greek, flame, wallflower

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\ ˈfläks How to pronounce phlox (audio) \
plural phlox or phloxes

Kids Definition of phlox

: a plant grown for its showy clusters of usually white, pink, or purplish flowers

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