Phlox stolonifera

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Ground Covers

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, rich, loam

Height: 6"-12"

Bloom Time: April, May, June

Bloom Color: pink, lavender

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts butterflies, attracts hummingbirds, colonizing, fragrant flowers, mat-forming, naturalizing, rock garden plant

Phlox stolonifera (creeping phlox)
  • Phlox stolonifera (creeping phlox)
  • Phlox stolonifera (creeping phlox)
  • Phlox stolonifera (creeping phlox)
  • Phlox stolonifera (creeping phlox)

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Description

Phlox stolonifera

Also known as:

creeping phlox

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Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Phlox stolonifera forms loose mats of profuse, deep-pink, trumpet-shaped blossoms on thin green stalks. The leaves are semi-evergreen and have a light green spring tenderness about them. The blooming period begins in mid-spring and extends well into early summer.

Cultivation

Although creeping phlox is native to woodlands and along streams of the Appalachian Mountains, it is very well suited for general garden use. It will thrive in rich, slightly acidic, moist well-drained soil, in part-sun to part-shade. It will tolerate full sun but might require supplemental watering during dry summers. This species spreads primarily via stolons and can form large colonies where competing plants are kept at bay. A stunning low maintenance ground cover for open shade. Zones 4-7

Propagation

Propagate from seed, cuttings, or by division in spring before blooming. Self seeds, and self propagates by stolons.

Additional Notes

Flowers are fragrant. Plants may be susceptible to powdery mildew, slug and rabbit attacks.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, GA, KY, MD, ME, NC, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, VT, WV

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Solanales
Family Polemoniaceae Phlox family
Genus Phlox phlox
Species Phlox stolonifera creeping phlox