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Phlox stolonifera 'Blue Ridge' (Creeping phlox)

Phlox stolonifera 'Blue Ridge'

Creeping phlox

Mat forming habit with masses of perfect blue cymes. A beautiful, cloudlike groundcover that will bring elegance to the native shade garden. 1990 Perennial Plant of the Year.

Phlox stolonifera 'Blue Ridge' LP32 - 32 per flat $42.00
Phlox stolonifera 'Blue Ridge' - 72 per flat $52.16
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6-10 Inches


2 Feet


10 Inches

Bloom Color

Violet Blue

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

Creeping phlox Interesting Notes

Creeping Phlox (or as I was once misquoted in a local newspaper "Creepy Phlox") is as it sounds, a ground-covering evergreen woodlander with paddle-shaped leaves that form 1-2 inch mats in moist, acid soils. The flower spikes shoot up above these mats on thin 8-inch stems for a wonderful effect. There are a number of cultivars on the market with different bloom colors adn spread rates. The most vigorous, like 'Sherwood Purple' can quickly cover an area, but because of its low growth it is not a problem for companions. William Cullina, NEWFS Guide to Wildflowers


This native phlox thrives in the shady woodland. In early spring, clouds of bright pink flowers hover 6" above narrow-leaved foliage. Enjoy as a bright carpet under woodland trees and shrubs, and to add color beneath shady foundation plantings. Niche Gardens

Excellent, shade tolerant Phlox that spreads rapidly by stolons, forming dense mats of delicate foliage that are 6-12" tall. Tiny flowers cover the plant in dense clusters in spring. Phlox stolonifera thrives in woodland conditions, with partial shade and moist soil that is rich in organic matter. It makes a beautiful flowering ground cover. Williams Nursery

Some of the most bewitching plants available grow luxuriantly under the protection of tree branches. Wood anemones, epimediums, bugbanes, and toad lilies create intricate tapestries under flowering shrubs and trees. Herbaceous perennials form the ground layer of a woodland, sheltered by shrubs, taller understory trees, and a towering canopy. In each vegetation layer, you can grow beautiful species to enhance your shady border. These discrete layers, so vividly arrayed in a natural woodland, can be planted together in vertical as well as horizontal patterns, allowing gardeners plenty of latitude when combining plants in the shady border.

In the shady border, as in the sunny border, it is the effect created by interesting or unusual combinations of flowers, foliage, and fruits that creates lasting impressions. A bank of forest-green moss beautifully displays the silvery spears of a clump of wild ginger. A colorful carpet of trout lilies, phlox, bluebells, and bleeding-hearts announce the arrival of spring. The huge leaves of aralia cast elaborate shadows over a carpet of wild ginger. In the glow just after sunset, a bank of lime-green fronds of hayscented fern seems illuminated from within.

In spring, flowering in the shady border reaches its zenith. From late March through May scores of shade-loving plants bloom in the spring sunshine. Early snowdrops dangle in the first warm breezes, which encourage the flowers of hellebores, trilliums, bluebells, and primroses. The pristine white flowers shed from the horizontal branches of a silverbell rain down on artful combinations of wild azaleas, foamflowers, merrybells, shooting stars, dwarf iris, and unfurling green fronds. You can achieve stunning color combinations when you choose your shade plants carefully; seek out cultivars of favorite wildflowers to provide just the right effect. Creeping phlox (Phlox stolonifera), for example, is available in pale or shocking pink, blue, purple, or white. Given the range of color choices, you can choose the cultivar that maximizes the visual impact of the plant combination you are creating.
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Phlox stolonifera 'Blue Ridge' Growing and Maintenance Tips

P. stolonifera thrives best in moist, well-drained soils in full to partial shade. Spreads rapidly by stolons. Very drought tolerant once established. Give good air circulation to reduce growth of powdery mildew. Benefits from occasional fertilization. May be propagated by root cuttings or division any time. A stunning groundcover and border plant.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Propagation Type
Native to North America
Moist Shade