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Name: Treehugger
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treehugger
Apr 29, 2016 5:45 PM CST
I have had this in my miniature garden for three years now and still don't know what it is? Can anyone help me out? It has variegated foliage and is low growing the whole plant has stayed under 5". It is in bloom now late April however everything in my garden is 1 to 4 weeks early because we have had a very mild winter.
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JRsbugs
Apr 29, 2016 6:47 PM CST
It's Aubrieta, could be Aubrieta ‘Doctor Mules Variegata'

http://www.perennials.com/plants/aubrieta-doctor-mules-varie...

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JRsbugs
Apr 29, 2016 6:55 PM CST
A thought .. there's similar looking Phlox procumbens 'Variegata'. it could easily be that!

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Phlox+%C3%97+procumbens+'V...

This plant appears to have long stems on the flowers, maybe I was right first time. Looking again, your plant does seem to have long stems.
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Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
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HamiltonSquare
Apr 29, 2016 7:36 PM CST
The shape of the leaf edge is different in the Aubrieta. Both plants I would like to try. I think the phlox is a better match with its leaf edge entire.
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Apr 29, 2016 9:13 PM CST
It also has the fine darker markings at the throat of the bloom as the Phlox procumbens 'Variegata' does.
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kniphofia
Apr 30, 2016 12:12 AM CST
Looks like a Phlox to me.
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jvdubb
Apr 30, 2016 5:11 AM CST
I would also say creeping phlox. There is a variegated variety called Nettleton's Variety, sor Nettleton Variation
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Name: Jeanie
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foraygardengirl
Apr 30, 2016 6:55 AM CST
I agree with phlox. Mine are blooming earlier than normal also.
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sooby
Apr 30, 2016 10:38 AM CST
I would agree it's Phlox - I did initially think its overall look was of Aubrieta but Aubrieta should have four petals and this has five.
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gingin
May 2, 2016 1:46 PM CST
I too, cast my vote for Phlox
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Name: Treehugger
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treehugger
May 3, 2016 3:43 AM CST
I don't remember!!!!! No surprise to me, so checking everything out from all your suggestions I am going with a Phlox. The only thing that has me confused is my other creeping phlox is getting quite wide and this hasn't moved in 3 years. Picture is of my 3 year old phlox plants.
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Name: Treehugger
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treehugger
May 3, 2016 3:45 AM CST
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Name: Jeanie
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foraygardengirl
May 8, 2016 6:25 AM CST
I looked up phlox procumbens and phlox subulata to compare size. Procumbens grows to about 10 inches wide and subulata grows to about 3 feet wide. So you made the right choice for a miniature garden Thumbs up
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Name: Treehugger
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treehugger
May 8, 2016 10:37 AM CST
I found a picture from when I first planted it 3 years ago. The foliage hasn't move even a bit. I do remember saying to myself "Oh I'll remember the name of this and threw it away with the plastic container. Sighing!
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Name: Jeanie
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foraygardengirl
May 8, 2016 12:50 PM CST
I can't even remember how many times I have done that Sighing!
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Cyclaminist
May 8, 2016 10:22 PM CST
Lovely plant! I'm a fan of phlox. Perhaps it's fragrant, from the Phlox stolonifera side of the family? I hope you don't mind, I requested that the photos be moved to the Phlox procumbens 'Variegata' page.
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