Plant Taxonomy of Volcano Ruby Garden Phlox:
Plant Type for Garden Phlox:
Characteristics of Volcano Ruby:
Planting Zones for Volcano Ruby:
Sun and Soil Requirements for Volcano Ruby:
Uses for Volcano Ruby:
Volcano Ruby is used in a number of ways, including:
Care for Garden Phlox:
To prolong its blooming period, deadhead this and other types of garden phlox. This cultivar is mildew-resistant, but you should still space your flowers so as to promote good air circulation (and avoid overhead watering). Dividing can rejuvenate these perennials when their performance begins to wane.
Irrigate Volcano Ruby during periods of drought. A layer of garden mulch will help the soil retain moisture.
Wildlife Attracted by Garden Phlox:
Other Types of Colorful Garden Phlox:
If you click on "More Images" under the picture above (to access the mini-photo gallery), you will see two other types of colorful garden phlox flowers:
- 'Red Magic'
- 'Orange Perfection'
Like "Ruby," 'Red Magic' isn't even close to being red. 'Orange Perfection' bears a more justifiable name. The flowers of 'Red Magic' are similar in color to those of Volcano Ruby.
Outstanding Characteristics of Volcano Ruby:
Its color is certainly one of the finest features of this garden phlox, a feature accentuated by the flowers per square inch it displays. Indeed, Volcano Ruby is touted as being a compact type of garden phlox, a claim which I can confirm: My own reaches a height of only 24 inches. Let me note, however, that my Volcano Ruby receives more shade than it probably should, which may be a factor in keeping it short. By contrast, my 'Red Magic' (27 inches tall) and 'Orange Perfection' (30 inches tall) are less compact; but they do receive more sunlight than does my Volcano Ruby.
Like other plants in the species, it offers a long blooming period, from mid-summer to early fall. And its superior mildew resistance allows for its use in relatively hot climates -- perhaps its major selling point.
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