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

Category:

Groundcovers

Perennials

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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

Wetumpka, Alabama

Machesney Park, Illinois

Fallston, Maryland

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Spencer, Massachusetts

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Fenton, Missouri

Saint Louis, Missouri

Burlington, 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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Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Jun 1, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

An easy, adaptable perennial with showy blue-violet flowers on erect 8" stems in spring. Native to the woodlands of the Appalachians from Maine to Georgia. Enjoying sun or shade, it blooms best with a few hours of sun. Needs consistent moisture to look its best---though it's fairly drought- tolerant once established, this is a plant of moist woodlands and not suitable for xeriscaping. According to Armitage, it's hardy to Z2.

Spreads fairly quickly by prostrate stems (stolons) that root at the nodes to form a mat. Basal foliage is only 2-3 inches high and isn't dense enough to smother weeds or interfere with other perennials. It is also easy to remove where unwanted. I know of nowhere where this might be considered aggressive or invasive or a noxious weed.

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Neutral

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

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

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.