Phlox × arendsii 'Ping Pong'
Common Name: phlox
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Polemoniaceae
Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 1.50 to 2.00 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Bloom Time: June to July
Bloom Description: Light pink with red eye
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Medium
Flower: Showy, Fragrant
Attracts: Birds, Hummingbirds, Butterflies
Tolerate: Deer, Clay Soil, Black Walnut

Culture

Grow in moderately fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. Tolerates some dryness. Prefers moist, humusy, organic soils. Avoid overhead watering, however. Needs good air circulation (space well and thin out stems as needed) to help combat potential powdery mildew problems. Plants generally appreciate a summer mulch which will help keep the root zones cool.

Noteworthy Characteristics

‘Ping Pong’ is an Arendsii hybrid phlox that typically grows 18-22” tall and features light pink flowers (to 1” across) with rose-red eyes. Flowers bloom in clusters in June and July. Flowers are mildly fragrant. Lanceolate green leaves (to 4” long). Arendsii hybrids are crosses between Phlox paniculata and Phlox divaricata, and are noted for having the attractive flowers of the former combined with the compact form of the latter.

Problems

Phlox is not always an easy plant to grow well. Powdery mildew and root rot can be serious problems. Spider mites and plant bugs can also be a problem, particularly in hot, dry conditions. Disease resistance in the St. Louis area for this new cultivar is not yet well documented.

Garden Uses

Perennial borders.