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PlantFiles: Creeping Phlox
Phlox stolonifera 'Sherwood Purple'

Family: Polemoniaceae (po-le-moh-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phlox (floks) (Info)
Species: stolonifera (sto-lo-NIF-er-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sherwood Purple

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.


under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From herbaceous stem cuttings
By simple layering
By serpentine layering
By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 22, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

PHLOX Sherwood Purple - Stolonifera - Tufed Creeping Phlox - Short 12" - Plant 10" apart. Soft lilac shade. New and extra fragrant.

Positive vidamc On Mar 31, 2004, vidamc from Fenton, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

We found this plant growing in the woods on our property and moved some of it to a filtered sun flower bed about 3 years ago. They are thriving and have tripled in size which is ok with me because they look great among the rocks. They have a light purple flower and the foilage is attractive. They bloom beginning around mid-april and continue for about a month.

Positive lupinelover On May 30, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

The flowers of this cultivar are bigger and more substantial than the type. A good purple color is reliably produced.

Seed does not come true to type.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Wetumpka, Alabama
Machesney Park, Illinois
Fallston, Maryland
Spencer, Massachusetts
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Glendale, Missouri
Murphy, Missouri
Glen Raven, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Grove City, Ohio
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Knoxville, Tennessee
Locust Dale, Virginia
Conrath, Wisconsin

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