Go Back Creeping Phlox Red

Phlox subulata
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Plant Type: Perennials

Striking pinkish-crimson flowers with a dark red center which blanket the foliage in late spring. It makes a tremendous color impact which can be seen from quite a distance.Creeping phlox is a low-growing species which forms a carpet-like mat no taller than 6 inches. This popular little perennial is best utilized in rocky areas, on slopes, and in flower borders.


Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Creeping phlox is a versatile, easy to grow ground cover for full sun. Gritty, slightly alkaline soils are preferred and good drainage is essential. It's a good idea to shear this plant back and clean up any dead foliage in early summer, just after it's finished blooming. This will produce denser foliage and will encourage it to rebloom. Divisions can be made every few years in summer.

Flower Color

Pinkish-crimson with a dark red center

Foliage Color

Plant Spread

12-18 in.

Good Companions

Bergenia-Heartleaf (Bergenia cordifolia), Iris-Dwarf (Iris ), Lamb's Ear (Stachys byzantina), Snow in Summer (Cerastium tomentosum), Spurge-Cushion (Euphorbia polychroma)

Plant Height

4-6 in.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Characteristics & Attributes


Edging, Salt Tolerant, Ground cover, Border, Mass Plant

Bloom Time

Late spring

Critter Resistance


Full sun

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests

Low to Average water needs