Creeping Phlox

Creeping Phlox Information:

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  • Scientific Name: Phlox subulata
  • Common Name: Creeping phlox, moss phlox, mountain phlox
  • Origin: North America (one in Siberia)
  • Current Status: Wildflower and cultivated around North America

Stems & Seeds
Phlox can be propagated through stem cuttings, which is one of the reasons they are successful at spreading.

North American Natives
Phlox are native to North America with only one species found outside… in Siberia.

On The Garden Edge
Phlox are most commonly found trimming gardens and produce just one seed per flower.

Butterflies Love It
Creeping phlox are well-known for their ability to attract butterflies.

A Mustard Family Member
Phlox petals and leaves are close relatives of the mustard family making them bitter, but edible.

So Many Blossoms, So Low!
Phlox are low to the ground and have abundant flowers in shades of white, pink, purple, and blue.

Additional Creeping Phlox Facts:

  • Phlox has a sweet smell, which also helps attract bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies.
  • Phlox provide great ground cover for moist areas.
  • The name Phlox is derived from the Greek for “flame” because of the intensity of color.
  • The Wildflower Center considers creeping phlox an essential for rock gardens or walls.

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