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Phlox stolonifera 'Sherwood Purple'

Creeping Phlox

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Evergreen foliage hugs the ground all winter to come alive in early May with deep purple flowers. 'Sherwood Purple' is slow 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.

Benefits

  • Easy to grow with very showy spring bloom
  • Thrives in partial to full shade
  • Prized by native insects and butterflies
  • Perfect for massing in colorful spring waves
  • Great evergreen groundcover
  • Perfect for moist soils

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Creeping phlox 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. A stunning groundcover and border plant.


Height
6-8 Inches

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Spread
15-18 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Native Range

Moist open woods from Maine to Georgia and west to Ohio and Alabama

Native Trivia

Butterflies have adapted excellent defenses against predators. Some copy markings of other poisonous butterflies, some release nasty odors when in danger and others have markings on their wings like owl eyes to fool enemies so they can escape harm.

Good Companions
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia), Pinkshell Azalea (Rhododendron vaseyi), Large white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)

Characteristics & Attributes

Shade
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Deer Resistant
Ground cover
Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Critter Resistance
Rabbit Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Dry Shade
Native Habitat
Forest
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Bog, water garden
Border
Cut or dried flower
Edging
Erosion control
Fragrant
Mass plant
Naturalizes
Native to
Alabama
Georgia
Kentucky
Maine
Maryland
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia