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Phlox stolonifera - Sims

Common Name Creeping phlox
Family Polemoniaceae
USDA hardiness 4-9
Known Hazards None Known
Habitats Indigenous to rich deciduous woodlands, stream banks, open woods and shaded rocky slopes mostly in the Appalachian Mountains.
Range Native to woodlands in the vicinity of the Appalachian Mountains from Pennsylvania south to northern Georgia in the United States. Naturalized populations occur as far north as Québec, Canada.
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun
Phlox stolonifera Creeping phlox


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Physical Characteristics

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Phlox stolonifera is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in) at a medium rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 5.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid and neutral soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Edible Uses

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Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

A good medium to high density groundcover that can be grown in semi-shade. Good for woodland gardening.

Special Uses

Food Forest  Ground Cover

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Cultivation details

A long blooming mat forming perennial wildflower with showy flowers. Prefers bright shade with moist rich well drained soil. Plants tolerate acid or alkaline pH, drought, part sun and dry shade. Species self-seeds in optimum growing conditions. Spreads by stolons to form large colonies in the wild. For polyculture design as well as the above-ground architecture (form - tree, shrub etc. and size shown above) information on the habit and root pattern is also useful and given here if available. The plant growth habit is a runner spreading indefinitely by rhizomes or stolons [1-2]. The root pattern is fibrous dividing into a large number of fine roots [1-2]. The root pattern is stoloniferous rooting from creeping stems above the ground [1-2].

References   Carbon Farming Information and Carbon Sequestration Information

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Propagation

Seed, division or by cuttings.

Other Names

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Creeping phlox

Found In

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USA

Weed Potential

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A vigorous plant that can become weedy.

Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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