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Phlox subulata 'Scarlet Flame'

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)

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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:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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:
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Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
By simple layering
By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive outdoorlover 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.

Neutral berrygirl 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.


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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