A beautiful ground-covering phlox for moist shade, Creeping Phlox ranges through the Appalachians from Georgia and Tennessee north to Pennsylvania and Ohio, with scattered populations in the Northern Appalachians into New England. Phlox stolonifera flowers later than most spring-blooming phlox, usually early May along with trillium and foamflower.
'Sherwood Purple' is a stunning, purple-blue selection, and possibly the most commonly planted. As far as creeping phlox goes, 'Sherwood Purple' is the most vigorous selection, easily spreading 6-12 inches in a single year. The foliage forms a thick, neat mat about 2-3 inches tall, and the flowers are held above the foliage on 6" stems.
A note Midwesterners may find interesting - The indestructable phlox often sold in supermarkets and garden centers in this region is a different species, Phlox subulata. While a beautiful groundcover, this "Creeping Phlox" (Known more accurately as "Moss Phlox") prefers dry, sandy neutral soils in part shade to sun. It has a similar range as P. stolonifera, but usually grows on rocky outcrops while P. stolonifera is found in rich, moist cove forests.
'Sherwood Purple' creeping phlox is an excellent choice for light to dense shade, and it is very drought tolerant once it has become established. This phlox is an excellent choice for rich forests along streams, or in a garden with decent loam. Don't plant it in an area that is very dry all year round, as it struggles to establish.
'Sherwood Purple' creeping phlox is particularly attractive planted with ferns and other spring wildflowers - It grows along with Tiarella cordifolia, Trillium luteum, Pachysandra procumbens, and Hepatica acutiloba in its preferred habitat.
Creeping phlox needs to be kept moist for the first year, especially when it turns hot and dry. Plant 12 inches apart in prepared ground, and keep the planting free of weeds at first. Once established, Creeping Phlox usually will outcompete weeds, forming an attractive low mat.
Our Creeping Phlox quart pots will establish quickly. Plant in Autumn for blooms the following Spring, or if planted in the Spring, the plants will usually put on vegetative growth for a year.
|Common Name:||Sherwood Purple Creeping Phlox|
|Botanical Name:||Phlox stolonifera 'Sherwood Purple'|