Phlox is a flowering favorite known to bloom from spring through the first frost. The Safari™ Dawn South African Phlox is adorned with bicolor flowers that are soft pink and fade to yellow near the base of the petals. This long-blooming plant is an excellent filler in containers, and the delicate stems can trail up to 8 inches. This mounding Phlox can grow to heights of 12 inches, and it will thrive in part sun.
The Safari™ Dawn South African Phlox is a variety of Jamesbrittenia native to South Africa. This plant is heat-tolerant, meaning it is more than capable of handling summer heat. Phlox makes a beautiful addition to borders, landscapes, and containers while also looking stunning when used as a mass planting. The Safari™ Dawn South African Phlox grows in USDA zones 10 and 11 as a perennial and is often grown as an annual in other zones.
Safari™ Dawn South African Phlox Plant Care
Phlox is an excellent choice for areas that receive part sun. Typically areas that receive 4 to 6 hours of light per day can easily sustain this plant. Avoid sites that receive more light which can burn the foliage—water when the top few inches of soil dry out and use well-draining soil. Phlox is not very picky about soil and can handle pH levels that are acidic, neutral, or alkaline.
This plant is not a heavy feeder. Fertilize when planting in the spring and again halfway through the growing season to maintain healthy landscape plantings. Container plants need more frequent feeding, and applying a water-soluble fertilizer every other month will promote new growth and plenty of blooms. The extra boost of nutrition can help carry the plants through the end of the summer and ensure a steady flow of flowers. It is common for plants to look tired or overgrown by late summer, and if this happens, trimming back ⅓ of the growth can freshen up the look and promote new branching and blooms.
Safari™ Dawn South African Phlox Plant Spacing
Phlox are mounding plants which means they grow up and out. A mature Phlox will be about 6 to 12 inches tall and spread out 12 to 24 inches from the base of the plant. Space Phlox 6 to 10 inches apart to create a lush carpet of foliage and flowers once the mature plants fill in. When grown in a container or hanging basket, the stems will cascade over the edge of the container and trail about 8 inches.
Click here for more information on plant container sizes.
Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)
Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.
For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)
Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)
We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.
For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.
Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice
Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations
Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.