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Phlox stolonifera

Native Plants

Creeping Phlox

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In full bloom, creeping phlox (Phlox stolonifera) blankets the ground in a cloud of dainty lavender flowers. These fragrant flowers appear on 6” upright clusters and are also available in shades of white, pink, and purple. Creeping phlox forms a loose mat of low-growing, evergreen foliage that spreads quickly to cover large areas. Grow it in woodland conditions where soils are moist and well-drained as well as slightly acidic. While it prefers partial shade, creeping phlox can tolerate more sun if kept moist. Combine creeping phlox with your other favorite spring blooming woodland plants including foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia), yellow trillium (Trillium luteum), pink-shell azalea (Rhododendron vaseyi), bent trillium (Trillium flexipes) and bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis). Zones 5-9. 

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  • Flowering Period
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  • Flower Color
    blue, lavender, pink, white 
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
  • Fruit/Seed Color

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Fine Gardening, Missouri Botanical Garden