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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.

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Height

6-10 Inches

Spread

2 Feet

Spacing

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 and 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, The New England Wild Flower Society Guide to Growing and Propagating Wildflowers

Evergreen foliage hugs the ground all winter to come alive in early May with pleasing blue fragrant flowers. 'Blue Ridge' is moderate growing, blooms later than many Creeping Phlox and is perfect for grouping in partial or full shade. Superb nectar source for native insects while virtually pest free. - American Beauties Native Plants®

Need a bold shot of color to herald spring's arrival? Creeping Phlox are an invaluable addition to any rock garden, foundation, or as an edger or groundcover. Large, soft blue flowers over very low, compact tufts of leaves makes Phlox Blue Ridge a fragrant garden beauty. The low mounding plants send out horizontal blooming stems that then turn up to bloom in good sized trusses that resemble the large Garden Phlox. Tiny green leaves will remain green year round. - Bluestone Perennials

The most commonly grown blue-flowered Phlox stolonifera is Blue Ridge, named for the mountains where the plant was discovered. There also is a Pink Ridge, but it is harder to find. And there is a white one named Bruce's White, the Bruce in this case being Bruce Chin, who was enamored of wildflowers. The rose-pink one, named Home Fires, was a discovery of the botanist and fern expert, Edgar T. Wherry.

The best part about Phlox stolonifera is that it prefers shade. It spreads easily to the places where it wants to grow. It is an ideal groundcover because it makes few demands. One important note, however. During the springtime cleanup, be careful not to rake up this plant, as its hold in the ground is shallow. When the soil is workable, sections of the plant can be transplanted to bare patches, provided the transplants are watered in dry periods. - From "Phlox and Peanuts: Can't Stop With One" by Joan Lee Faust for The New York Times

The genus name Phlox is derived from the Greek word for flame.

Phlox stolonifera 'Blue Ridge' Growing and Maintenance Tips

P. stolonifera thrives 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, and a valuable early nectar source for pollinators.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Butterflies
Butterflies
Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Moist
Moist
Average
Average
Groundcover
Groundcover
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Fragrant
Fragrant

Additional Information

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