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Proven Winners Safari® Dusk™ South African Phlox (Jamesbrittenia) *Great for the South!

Proven Winners Safari® Dusk™ South African Phlox (Jamesbrittenia) *Great for the South!

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This revolutionary new series of Jamesbrittenia will blow you away. This heat tolerant South African native has seemingly been on the cusp of greatness for years, but has never quite broken through with the right combination of plant performance and beauty. We have finally cracked the code. Summer performance in both landcapes and containers is great. The blooms are sure to standout in your garden.

Jamesbrittenia is a relative of Sutera that can be used in many of the same applications. However, since it is far more heat and humidity tolerant, it continues to bloom well throughout the warm summer months without cycling. It is also more forgiving than Sutera when subject to extreme weather events, holding onto its blooms through heavy rains and windstorms. Jamesbrittenia also comes in a broader range of colors. The newest member of the series, Safari Dusk, bears glitzy purple blooms with a gold eye. It complements the lighter lilac purple flowers of Safari Sky and the color-shifting variety, Safari Dawn, whose blossoms transition through rose pink and lavender shades while displaying a prominent yellow eye.

Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
Long Blooming
Heat Tolerant
Deadheading Not Necessary


Plant Type: 
Height Category: 
Garden Height: 
 6 - 12 Inches
Trails Up To: 
 8 Inches
 6 - 10 Inches
 12 - 24 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Flower Shade: 
 Royal Purple with yellow eye
Foliage Colors: 
Foliage Shade: 
Container Role: 


Light Requirement: 
 Part Sun to Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Maintenance Category: 
Bloom Time: 
 Planting To Frost
Hardiness Zones: 
 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
Water Category: 
Needs Good Drainage
 Border Plant



Uses Notes: 

They are great in landscapes with good drainage and containers of all kinds. They make wonderful components in combinations recipes.

Maintenance Notes: 

These are heat tolerant plants, that aren't particularly fussy. However, they do like well-drained soil. They need little routine maintenance. They will perform best if an application of controlled release fertilizer is included at the time of planting. This applies to both landscape and container plantings. The plants aren't particularly heavy feeders, so a single dose is usually sufficient for landscape beds in most climates. If you have a very long season, a second application of controlled release plant food should be considered for landscape beds. In general, containers need to be fed more than landscape plants. A second application of a controlled release fertilizer should be applied about every two months to container plants or you can regularly apply water soluble fertilizer starting about two months after the containers are planted. These extra applications of plant food can really make a difference in performance through the summer.

If your plant begins to look open or a bit tired, an allover trim can be beneficial.  Use a sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears to trim back up to 1/3 of the volume of the plant. I pair any trim with a dose of water soluble fertilizer to provide instant energy to help kickstart new growth, branching and flowering. Your plant will take a week to recover from the trim, but the end result is a fuller plant with more blooms going forward. You may repeat the trim as needed through the season.

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