Creeping Phlox – A Plant of Polemoniaceae Family
The common name of this plant is Creeping phlox and botanical name I Phlox subulata. These plants are perennial and start blooming in early spring to late summer. The plant has colorful start shaped flowers. These plants have needle like foliage with flowers that are starry and five pointed. The plant produces long spreading stems that becomes woody with age. It grows 6 inches tall and 2 feet wide. They are native to Eastern and central United states. These plants grow as mats, cushions and upright plants.
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Uses of Creeping Phlox
- The low growing phlox are great as a ground cover.
- The tall phlox are excellent as colorful backdrop.
- Medium height varieties of these plants can fill any gaps.
- They are also grown to control soil erosion.
- It is a herb and so is used in a medicine.
- Native tribes can treat variety of health problems.
- The roots of the plants are great for aches and also used for colds.
- The leaves were also used to cure boils and whole plant was used to treat babies that were anemic.
- They are low maintenance and have lovely fragrance.
- The popular varieties of phlox are Candy Stripe that produces pink and white striped flowers and Emerald Blue that produces a sea of lilac blue flowers.
- They attract butterflies birds in garden.
- They are relatively deer resistant.
- The best feature of the plant is flower production.
- These types of plants are frequently seen in rock gardens growing from cervices in stone walls and planted as a flowering ground cover.
- Phlox require rich, evenly moist well draining soil.
- Lightning requirements vary by species.
How to Plant?
- Prepare the garden bed and loosen the soil to about 12 to 15 inches deep and mix the soil with 2 to 4 inch layer of compost.
- You can easily grow phlox from cuttings or transplants than the seeds.
- You can plant phlox in the spring after the threat of frost has passed.
- Space the plants 2 feet apart.
- And if you move the plant from a pot you must dig a hole that is twice the size of pot’s diameter and place the plant so that the top of the root ball is even with the soil’s surface.
- Water the plant thoroughly.
Maintenance and Care
- Regularly water if your place receives less than 1 inch of rain a week and also water throughout summer.
- Remove dead and faded flowers so that your plants can rebloom.
- You must put a thin layer o compost and 2 inch layer of mulch around the plants to keep the soil moist and to control the weeds.
- If you have tall phlox cut the stems to about 1 to 2 inches above the soil after the first killing frost in the fall.
- To ensure healthy and disease free plants you must divide the tall garden phlox every 3 to 4 years.