• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly in extreme heat. Requires less water once established.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing 6 in. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Waterwise Plant
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:FLOX su-bu-LA-ta
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing 6 in. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:Red
    Garden styleCottage
    Design IdeasIt's rare to find such a vigorous source of blue in a ground-hugging plant for rock gardens. A notorious dweller on edges of rocky embankments, where it spreads over curbs and short retaining walls, or amidst rocky outcroppings. And ideal cover plant for difficult edges of dry streambeds or rock waterfalls. Enjoys the fast drainage of elevated spots and thrives in the nooks and crannies of dry stone retaining walls. It is equally at home in the front of a traditional flower border or planted along the edges of flagstone walkways.
    Companion PlantsGroup this brilliant carpet of color with similar small creepers starting with Emerald Blue Creeping Phlox, (Phlox subulata 'Emerald Blue') and the softer Candy Stripe Creeping Phlox, (Phlox subulata'Candy Stripe'). Then work in tufts of Cotton tail Thrift, (Armeria maritima 'Cotton Tail'), Little Gem Candytuft, (Iberis sempervirens 'Little Gem'), Dwarf Hairy Penstemon, (Penstemon hirsutus 'Pygmaeus'), and spikey Purple Miniature Iris, (Iris pumila 'Dwarf Purple').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Best in very well drained soil. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering may be reduced once established. Benefits from some winter protection in colder zones.Pruning time: summer after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Water regularly in extreme heat. Requires less water once established.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This very large genus of perennial garden flowers falls into its the Polemoniceae, which contains roughly 13 genera, most of which are native to America. Genus Phlox was classified by Carolus Linnaeus in the 18th century and named it from the Greek for flame. The genus contains about 50 different species of both annual and perennial flowers. Only one of these is Siberian and the remainder are North American natives. This species was also classified by Linnaeus first as P. setacea, but he later changed it to P. subulata. It is native to sandy soils in thin forested ridges from New York west to Michigan and throughout the Appalachians. This is one of about a dozen cultivars that expand the color range but do not diminish its tendency to naturalize.
    Lore:
    It is an old time tradition in this area to plant this in rough rural lawns and graveyards throughout the Applachian region.