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Phlox stolonifera (Creeping phlox)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Phlox stolonifera

Phlox stolonifera Sims

Creeping phlox

Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: PHST3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (I)

Creeping phlox is a mat-forming perennial with loose mats of semi-evergreen foliage and erect clusters of large flowers. The showy blossoms are lavender, blue or white with an eye of purple-red tinged in white. The leaves of this 6-10 in. plant are round or spoon-shaped.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit:
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May

Distribution

USA: AL , GA , KY , MD , ME , NC , NY , OH , PA , SC , TN , VA , VT , WV
Canada: QC
Native Distribution: Chiefly mts., also Piedmont areas from PA & s. OH, to GA & TN
Native Habitat: Woods & wooded stream banks

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Humus-rich soil.
Conditions Comments: Creeping phlox will do poorly in full sun, and slugs can be troublesome in very moist soils. In congenial conditions, however, this is a vigorous plant that can become weedy. Ground Cover

Benefit

Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Propagation

Description: Propagated by seed, by softwood cuttings taken in late spring and stuck in sand, or by spring division.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Seeds should be planted fresh.
Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery - Orefield, PA
Amandas Garden - Springwater, NY
Sunshine Farm & Gardens - Renick, WV
Enchanter's Garden - Hinton, WV
American Native Nursery - Quakertown, PA

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Texas Discovery Gardens - Dallas, TX
Delaware Nature Society - Hockessin, DE
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Bibliography

Bibref 928 - 100 easy-to-grow native plants for Canadian gardens (2005) Johnson, L.; A. Leyerle
Bibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Phlox stolonifera in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Phlox stolonifera in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Phlox stolonifera

Metadata

Record Modified: 2009-01-07
Research By: TWC Staff

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