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Phlox stolonifera

Creeping Phlox

Scientific Name:

Phlox stolonifera

Genus:

Phlox

Species Epithet:

stolonifera

Common Name:

Creeping Phlox

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Polemoniaceae (Jacob's-Ladder Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Blue, Purple, Violet

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

“Moist forests…essentially a Southern and Central Appalachian endemic” (Weakley 2015). Uncommon in NC Mountains, rare in the Piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

Notes:

"This species is sometimes locally abundant, as in parts of Great Smoky Mountains National Park." Weakley 2015

Creeping Phlox patch

Rare in the piedmont and uncommon in the mountains, Creeping Phlox prefers moist forests where it may form an early spring carpet.

image

Paynter, Ashe Co, 2011

Flowers

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Leaves and Runners

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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