General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 6 - 10 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 24 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Inflorescence Height: 6-10 inches
Foliage Mound Height: 1-3 inches
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: Seeds need alternating periods of warm and cold stratification to germinate
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies

Common names
  • Creeping Phlox

Photo Gallery
Location: My Garden, Utah
Date: 2014-04-19

Date: c. 1802
illustration by S. Edwards from 'Curtis's Botanical Magazine', 18

Courtesy Sunlight Gardens, used with permission
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date: 2016-05-01
Buds that will open soon

photo by Derek Ramsey.

Date: 2010-08-11

Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield

Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield
Location: My garden, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; zone 3.
Date: 2011-06-13
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 15, 2012 6:07 AM concerning plant:
    Running rampant in rich soil in the mountainous woods from southern Pennsylvania and Ohio to Georgia, Phlox stolonifera forms large drifts of blues, lavenders, pinks, and all shades in between in mid-spring. The leafy mats nearly hug the ground and flowers stems are about 6 inches tall. Flowers are lavender-blue with tiny orange eyes.

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