A low growing ground cover perennial with compact moss-like foliage and white flowers with red center.
flowers best in full sun, tolerates some shade
Soil & Site
average, well drained
3-5 flowers borne in a loose panicle, white with red eye, beginning to mid May
green, narrow linear, moss like
around 4-6" tall and spreading over 24", plant 12-18" on center.
If Creeping Phlox is placed to close to a sidewalk, patio, etc. it will creep into this area. Most people will shear it straight on the edges leaving a rough brown edge. A way to avoid this ugly look is to lift the edges of the plant up and cut the brown underside of the plant leaving a layer of growing foliage on the top to fill in. Than take this foliage and feather it back with a pruning shear or scissors. This works with Creeping Phlox because it tends to grow in layers with the new growth creeping over the older growth. When grass or weed start growing through the foliage, lift the plant and pull the weeds from underneath. Once the Phlox is established the weed problem will be minimal. A light shearing after bloom will encourage compact growth.
Native to America first sent to England in 1745 by John Bartram.
Planted in my garden in the spring of 2013. It seems to be and early blooming Phlox. My plants have a spread of over 18 inches (2016).