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Creeping Phlox

  • Scientific Name: Phlox subulata
  • Garden: Lawn Alternatives Garden
  • Plant Type: Ground Cover
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen
  • Sun/Shade Exposure: Full Sun
  • Moisture Requirements: Moist, Well-Drained

Plant Information

The hillsides in the Gorge and through-out the Cascades are covered with pastel blankets of color from our three native species of creeping phlox. Garden varieties of creeping phlox are gentle evergreen spilling perennials that flower in pinks, light blue, lavender and white. They grow 2–4″ high and trail 12–20″ long in full to part sun, well-drained soil and regular water to establish plants. Cold hardy down to zone 3.

Care & Maintenance:

  • Amend soil at planting time with compost to ensure good drainage.
  • Mix in a starter fertilizer, such as EB Stone Sure Start, in the bottom of each hole.
  • Provide occasional, deep water for the first year or two, and little to no water after that.
  • Shear back plants after bloom by one half to improve their summer appearance and encourage a sporadic re-bloom.
  • Fertilize every spring for optimum performance, but they will still look great without it.

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PHSU Full, PHSU Flower, PHSU Flowers (©2022 Cheri Moland)