This is a fantastic, lavender colored variety of summer phlox. 'David's Lavender' is a selection from seedlings of 'David' and has inherited all of its disease resistance. Flowers bloom for an extended period on sturdy stems that won’t need staking. The fragrant flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds and they make great cut flowers.
Fragrant flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies
Long flowering, often from July into September
Shows good resistance to powdery mildew
Lavender blossoms mix easily with other perennial favorites
Tolerates deer, clay soil and black walnut
Good cut flower
Found in rich, open woods, thickets, meadows and moist roadsides.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Unlike most moths, hummingbird moths are seen on clear, sunny days. They are easy to confuse with real hummingbirds because of their coloration and how they move. Adult hummingbird moths feed on nectar from many different flowers, just like hummingbirds.
Phlox paniculata thrives in organic, moist to average soil in full sun to light shade. Plants in shade will have smaller flowers and weaker stems. Tolerant of drought once established. Give good air circulation and keep well watered to reduce growth of powdery mildew, though 'David's Lavender' is one of the most mildew resistant cultivars on the market. Benefits from occasional fertilization. Deadhead to prolong blooming season.