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PHLOX subulata 'Scarlet Flame'

Image of Phlox subulata 'Scarlet Flame'

Debbie Schilling

Family

Polemoniaceae

Botanical Name

PHLOX subulata 'Scarlet Flame'

Plant Common Name

Creeping Phlox, Moss Phlox, Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox

General Description

These mat-forming, evergreen perennials are show-stopping when in flower. Scarlet moss phlox originates from eastern North America and is adapted to open, rocky locations. It has very fine, needle-like leaves of moss green and produces hundreds of large, five-petaled, tubular, scarlet red flowers in spring to early summer.

Sun-loving and vigorous, moss phlox prefers very well drained, average soil. It attracts butterflies and looks super planted along stone walls, border edges or in rock gardens.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2"-6" / 5.1cm - 15.2cm

  • Width

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, North-Central United States, Central United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Mat-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Crimson, Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green, Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No