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'David' Phlox Leaves Powdery Mildew Disease in the Dust

By July 28, 2013

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Powdery mildew disease is one of those plant diseases that we tend to tolerate, because it's usually not lethal to plants: it just spoils their looks for a while. picture of David phloxIf you grow a traditional type of Phlox paniculata, perhaps you've been tolerating powdery mildew disease for years. At the same time, putting up with that unsightly powdery film on your plants may be a prime reason why you don't get more joy out of your Phlox paniculata. The solution? Short of trying to cure powdery mildew disease, you could just grow 'David' phlox.

I grow several different breeds of Phlox paniculata (garden phlox), but one of the nicer types I keep in my flock is a cultivar called 'David.' Older types of Phlox paniculata are very susceptible to powdery mildew disease. But newer types like Phlox paniculata 'David' are mildew-resistant, which keeps the foliage nice and healthy looking right through the summer.

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March 31, 2012 at 8:36 pm
(1) scottyblue says:

Come now David,you grow it because it’s called ‘David’:)

Yes,powdery mildew is often a problem on my phlox.As you say,it rarely kills it but is unsightly.Like mildew on lilacs.

I have noticed that the wild phlox that grow in the woods around me rarely get powdery mildew but my cultivars do.

I love phlox because of its hardiness so I’ll try these mildew resistant varieties.

Cheers and thanks for letting us know.

April 1, 2012 at 10:02 am
(2) landscaping says:

Hi Scotty,

Yeah, all these recent blog posts on garden phlox are my way of looking ahead to summer. Not that I’m rushing things (I love spring). It’s just that I tend to talk about a lot of spring stuff this time of year, to the exclusion of great plants for other seasons.

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