Creeping Phlox, Moss Phlox 'Scarlet Flame'

Phlox subulata

Family: Polemoniaceae (po-le-moh-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phlox (floks) (Info)
Species: subulata (sub-yoo-LAH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Scarlet Flame
Additional cultivar information:(Flame Series)



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

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under 6 in. (15 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

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)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


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Bloom Color:

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

By simple layering

By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:

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

Dothan, Alabama

Meridianville, Alabama

Fresno, California

Albany, Georgia

Cordele, Georgia

Norcross, Georgia

Wheaton, Illinois

Indianapolis, Indiana

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Batesville, Mississippi

Raleigh, North Carolina

Enid, Oklahoma

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Toone, Tennessee

Salt Lake City, Utah

Callands, Virginia

Kinnear, Wyoming

Riverton, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 3, 2015, outdoorlover from Enid, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant grows beautifully in our zone 6, Enid, Oklahoma, and it grows and flowers well in part shade. I'm looking for more of it to plant this spring.


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

PHLOX SUBULATA- 'Scarlet Flame' Creeping Phlox, Moss Pinks - Short 4" - Plant 16" to 24" apart. zone 3-9. Vibrant red flowers.

General Information:
Spreads rapidly to cover any open sunny spot. In rich soil, as much as 2' across, completely covered with flowers in mid-spring. Evergreen needle-like foliage. Prefers sandy soil. Deer resistant, good for hot dry spots, groundcover, best selection for coldest areas (zones 3 & 4), best selection for Gulf states: Zones 8,9, & 10.