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Phlox x wheeleriana Sweet

A hybrid phlox with deep pink flowers with a red centre.  [Maund vol.5, no.395/1834].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Phlox is a Greek word, signifying flame, and intended, most probably, to indicate a glowing colour.  Wheeleriana, is a name given to this hybrid plant after the person who raised it, Mr. wheeler, nurseryman, of Warminster.

The delicate tint of the flowers of this plant, with its central shading, make it as desirable as any one of the present long list of Phloxes, so many of which have now established themselves in almost every flower garden.

We would recommend those of our readers who happen not to be fully acquainted with this genus to lose no opportunity of increasing their collections of them.  They are, every one of them, from those of three inches high, to those of six feet, highly ornamental and showy.’  [Maund vol.5, no.395/1834].

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.752/1857].


Published Feb 28, 2010 - 11:41 AM | Last updated Feb 28, 2010 - 11:46 AM

Four plants are depicted, Phlox wheeleriana, with pink flowers is bottom left.  Maund vol.5, no.395, 1834.

Phlox x wheeleriana Sweet | Maund vol.5, no.395/1834 | Google Books.  Phlox x wheeleriana is bottom left.

Family Polemoniaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Phlox Wheelerii 

Confidence level high