|AT A GLANCE--
LIGHT/EXPOSURE: Full sun; nothing under 6 to 8 hours per day of direct sun recommended
HEIGHT: 2 to 4 inches
SPREAD: 12 to 18 inches in 2 to 3 years
LEAVES: Needle-like; sharp; medium to deep green; generally about 1/2
inch long, and 1/8 inch wide; evergreen, depending on location
BLOOM TIME: 2 to 4 weeks; bloom normally commences in late April to early May
FLOWER COLOR: White toward the outside of the flower, gradually turning to
a bright pink at the center (eye); flowers measure up to 1/2
inch across; at bloom time, flowers can cover the plant to the
point of not being able to see any green
BLOOM HABIT: Flowers are held in small clusters of 2 to 4 at stem terminals (ends)
GROWTH RATE: Slow to moderate; dependent on soil compaction and composition
GROWTH HABIT: Low growing evergreen perennial; normally sold as a groundcover or
as a rock garden plant; spreads over time; will root at points where
stems contact the ground
Creeping Phlox bear no resemblance to their taller cousins, except, perhaps, in the flowers.
The leaves and the growth habit, though, could hardly be more different. Some points to
consider about Creeping Phlox:
-These make really effective rock garden plants. They creep through the cracks and crevices
between stones, and will cascade over smaller stones.
-These plants are quite drought tolerant, further increasing their appeal as rock garden plants.
-These love the sun. Best flowering is obtained in locations where the sun shines for at least 6
hours per day.
-Keep these on the drier side, especially after establishment. Excess water will quickly do
-Another selling point is these little guys are evergreen in all but the harshest locations, so
little cleanup is needed each season...sometimes, a little dieback will occur after a particularly
rough winter, but that's normally about the only cutting you'll need to do on them...unless
you would like to start some cuttings in other locations.
-From a distance, these can look moss-like when not in bloom...I have heard them referred to
as "Moss Phlox."
-If you do work with these for more than just a few minutes, you may want to consider
wearing gloves...these can be sharp, and can "bite."
-The results you get from growing this plant can vary slightly from mine. Water, weather, and
soil conditions can affect growth rates, height, and blooming habit. My observations are
based on growing this plant in clay soil in Zone 5.
|PHLOX SUBULATA 'CORAL EYES'
(Creeping Phlox, 'Coral Eyes')