New and very natural cultivar, actually "wild form" discovered at the Harpeth River near Nashville, Tennessee and named after its discoverer, Jeana Prewitt. Although there were many plants of Phlox paniculata in the area, ‘Jeana’ in particular stood out for its exceptionally mildew-free foliage. This feature made 'Jeana' one of the best tall phloxes in Mt. Cuba Center's trials.
Lovely tall perennial (up to 5 feet), tiny cute pink flowers (each only about 1/2 inch across) and very long blooming period with excellent wildlife support - because there wasn't done any man made hybridization - great pollinator magnet for bees, native bees, all kinds of butterflies including monarchs. Because of it's origin, it grows the best in common soil - It can flop in too rich and fertilized soil and may need staking.Flowers are mostly sterile, so it doesn't require deadheading.
Best in flower beds, both private and public landscaping projects, cottage gardens, hummingbird and butterfly gardens or some naturalization or woodland edges.
Beautiful combinations with other perennials include Agastache, Coreopsis (C. tripteris and cultivars, C. verticillata, C. palustris 'Summer Sunshine'), Echinacea (E. purpurea and it's nativars, E. tennesseensis, Eupatorium, Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta‘ or wild form, Helenium, Monarda didyma, other varieties of Phlox paniculata, Rudbeckia ( R. maxima, fulgida, laciniata), Veronicastrum or cultivars of grass Panicum virgatum.
Good non-native perennial combinations include taller Astilbe, Dephinium, taller Geranium,Hemerocallis, Leucanthemum superbum, Lilium, Persicaria amplexicaulis, Sanquisorba, Scabiosa caucasica or Thalictrum.
Blooming time : mid July to beginning of September, the peak in the end of July
Size : 4-5’ tall x 2’-3 wide, spacing 2-3’
USDA zones : 4 to 8
Culture : full sun, half sun, light shade. Grows well in average garden soil, preferably not fertilized too much. Loam, clay, average garden soils.
Moisture Needs : medium, medium moist
Origin : Naturally occured seedling, see above. See the distribution of the wild species of Phlox paniculata on the USDA map.
Deer/rabbit resistant : no / no (needs some protection)
Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators : butterflies, native bees, honey bees
Attracts Hummingbirds : yes
Pot Size : square 4.25" x 5" deep pot (quart)
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I received a healthy small plant which was shipped promptly and arrived within 2 days in good condition. I also received a bonus plant, which was a nice surprise.
I will definitely look to US Perennials for future purchases.