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Safari Dawn South African Phlox Jamesbrittenia hybrid

Exposure
  • 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).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
12" 2'
Height
6" - 12"
Spread
12" - 2'
  • Details

    Features

    I have a degree in FINE ARTS.

    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 bicolor blooms are sure to standout in your garden.

    Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
    Long Blooming
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Annual
    Height Category: 
    Short
    Garden Height: 
    6 - 12 Inches
    Trails Up To: 
    8 Inches
    Spacing: 
    6 - 10 Inches
    Spread: 
    12 - 24 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Pink
    Flower Colors: 
    Yellow
    Flower Shade: 
    Rose with a Soft Yellow Eye
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Green
    Habit: 
    Mounded
    Container Role: 
    Filler

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Bloom Time: 
    Planting To Frost
    Hardiness Zones: 
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Needs Good Drainage
    Uses: 
    Border Plant
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses: 
    Mass Planting
    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 landcape 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.

    Safari Dawn Jamesbrittenia hybrid 'NJAMSADAW' USPP 34,115, Can PBRAF
  • 9 Reviews

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    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I submitted a review a review several weeks ago with two stars and detailed my experience with this plant and since then they have all died. So I am giving Safari Dawn 1 star. I see the plant being promoted by influencers on you tube ie. Garden Answer, and Creekside Nursery. I would like to see how the plants preformed for them. Laura from Garden Answer even said on one of her uploads that Proven Winner's worked on this plant for 30 years before releasing it this year. After 30 years I would have expected more. I went back to nursery where I purchased and asked what they thought about the plant. They admitted it struggled and they lost many as well. No refund but at least I felt as it was not my handling of the plants.

      Greg
      , Massachusetts
      , United States
      , 19 weeks ago
    • I submitted a review a review several weeks ago with two stars and detailed my experience with this plant and since then they have all died. So I am giving Safari Dawn 1 star. I see the plant being promoted by influencers on you tube ie. Garden Answer, and Creekside Nursery. I would like to see how the plants preformed for them. Laura from Garden Answer even said on one of her uploads that Proven Winner's worked on this plant for 30 years before releasing it this year. After 30 years I would have expected more. I went back to nursery where I purchased and asked what they thought about the plant. They admitted it struggled and they lost many as well. No refund but at least I felt as it was not my handling of the plants.

      Greg
      , Massachusetts
      , United States
      , 19 weeks ago
    • I submitted a review a review several weeks ago with two stars and detailed my experience with this plant and since then they have all died. So I am giving Safari Dawn 1 star. I see the plant being promoted by influencers on you tube ie. Garden Answer, and Creekside Nursery. I would like to see how the plants preformed for them. Laura from Garden Answer even said on one of her uploads that Proven Winner's worked on this plant for 30 years before releasing it this year. After 30 years I would have expected more. I went back to nursery where I purchased and asked what they thought about the plant. They admitted it struggled and they lost many as well. No refund but at least I felt as it was not my handling of the plants.

      Grec
      , Massachusetts
      , United States
      , 19 weeks ago
    • so beautiful. place it in a container with truffula and blue ageratum, yellow coreopsis and fushia vista petunias! they are performing incredibly and absolutely eye catching! lots of blooms cascading

      Courtney Munson
      , Minnesota
      , United States
      , 22 weeks ago
    • I finally found some at a local garden center and put in my hayrack planter. They are doing awesome and seemed to be thriving in their nursery pots.... rooted just fine. Gave it a 4 only because I've only had it a week. It's darling.

      Jennifer
      , Rhode Island
      , United States
      , 22 weeks ago
    • I finally found some at a local garden center and put in my hayrack planter. They are doing awesome and seemed to be thriving in their nursery pots.... rooted just fine. Gave it a 4 only because I've only had it a week. It's darling.

      Jennifer
      , Rhode Island
      , United States
      , 22 weeks ago
    • I had the same experience as the review above. Very weak root system and vines are very weak and stringy. I bought six plants @ $8.99 a piece through @provenwinners direct and all but one stringy vine are dead. They arrived stringy and don’t thrive at all. I went to my local nursery and the Safari Dawn looked weak and stringy there too. Would not buy again until there is improvement in the plant. Disappointed.

      MIgardener
      , 23 weeks ago
    • I had the same experience as the review above. Very weak root system and vines are very weak and stringy. I bought six plants @ $8.99 a piece through @provenwinners direct and all but one stringy vine are dead. They arrived stringy and don’t thrive at all. I went to my local nursery and the Safari Dawn looked weak and stringy there too. Would not buy again until there is improvement in the plant. Disappointed.

      MIgardener
      , 23 weeks ago
    • This has been a difficult plant. The root system is weak and has trouble supporting the top growth on the plant. When I purchased the plant it was being grown in commercial greenhouse with optimal conditions. Given those conditions the plant has some curling at tips and looked thirsty. I figured I would buy a tray of 10 take home and water. After watering, I placed plants still in their PW cans in filtered sun to harden off and get used to the new environment. I planted in my window boxes and that's when I noticed the plants have very minimal rooting. Everything else i planted is doing fantastic but sadly not these safari dawn plants. It doesn't matter what I do for the plants, they struggle to draw up enough moisture on sunny days and if we have a cool humid day the plants just barely recover. I decided to pull from boxes and plant separately so they don't burn out and die. I added some mycorrhizae to new potting mix and I will increase phosphate levels to see if I can build a better root system to support the plants. Hopefully they respond and I will be pleased with the plants. Hoping to read other reviews to see if my plants are out of the norm for gardeners and get better understanding. The plants are not inexpensive and I am willing to pay for the Proven Winner's brand and swear by most of their plants. I have been using supertunias since mid 90's and I am generally very impressed. This is my first review because honestly it is disappointing.

      Greg
      , Massachusetts
      , United States
      , 24 weeks ago
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