This is a non-native to Florida but native to several other US states with a range from New York to Iowa south to Georgia. “Grape lollipop phlox” Phlox paniculata is an erect herbaceous perennial that may grow 2 to 4 feet tall and is clump-forming. Also known as Garden phlox, this one has a grapy colored flower that typically blooms spring and summer in Florida. It mixes well with other perennials, attracts hummingbirds, and is a good selection for a bird garden. It prefers sun to partial shade and watered with well-drained soils. Good air circulation (adequate spacing and thinning of stems as needed) will help combat powdery mildew. Overhead watering should be avoided. Phlox needs to be watered in dry summers and mulched to keep the root zone cool. Removing faded flower panicles will prolong blooming and prevent self-seeding as cultivars do not come true from seed.