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Blue Star Creeper (Isotoma fluviatilis)

Description

  • Cover your landscape in a blanket of blue flowers.
  • Tolerates foot traffic, making it perfect for pathways or as a lawn-alternative!
  • Resistant to deer and rabbits.
  • Zones 5-9, sun/part sun, 3″ tall x 18″ wide at maturity. 
Zone 5-9
Light part sun/sun
low

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Arrives as young plant

More Information

Description Cover your landscape in a starry carpet of soft blue blooms all summer long with Blue Star Creeper (Isotoma fluviatilis). Tiny green leaves form a lush, low-growing mat perfect for between stepping stones, under shrubs, or difficult sites. This fast-spreading groundcover has hundreds of sweet, long-blooming flowers in summer. Blue star creeper tolerates foot traffic, making it an excellent lawn alternative for those looking to add more color and texture to their landscape. Don't worry if you have pesky deer and rabbit problems; blue star creeper remains unbothered. It's resilience and easy to grow nature make it a perfect plant for beginners.
Buying landscape plugs? Here is how much area they will cover:
  • 6" spacing of 32 landscape plugs covers 6 sq feet
  • 8" spacing covers 7.5 sq feet
  • 10" spacing covers 11 sq feet
  • 12" spacing covers 16 sq feet
Details Botanical name: Isotoma fluviatilis
Common name: Blue star creeper
Zone: 5-9
Sun exposure: Sun (6+ hours sun) to part sun (4-6 hours sun)
Height x width: 3" X 18"
Flower color: Soft blue
Foliage color: Green
Season of Interest: Spring-summer
Uses: Alpine & rock, Container gardening, Edging, Ground cover, Rock garden, Small spaces, Under planting
How To Grow Soil: Will grow in sandy, gravelly soil. Prefers moist, well-draining soil, but it does suffer in compacted and wet soils.
Light: Full sun to part shade. Benefits from some afternoon shade in warmer growing zones.
Water: Water regularly until established. Although the plant is drought tolerant, it benefits from extra moisture in full sunlight or hot, dry weather.
Spacing: 12 - 18 inches
Fertilizing: An application of any general-purpose garden fertilizer before new growth emerges in spring will keep the plant well-nourished throughout the growing season.
Winterizing: No special care is needed.
Maintenance & Pruning: Shearing the plant down to about an inch in autumn helps keep the plant tidy during the winter months.

Customer Reviews

Based on 41 reviews
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D
D. (Michigan)
Not happy

I also bought a LOT of this blue creeper and second season not ONE plant survived. It was so beautiful season one so I was sooooo disappointed.

Hello! We're sorry to hear that you had trouble with Blue Star Creeper. Please email pictures of the plant to info@greatgardenplants.com, making sure to put your order number and name in the subject line so that we may provide the best assistance possible. We'd be happy to take a look at what could be causing the problem. Happy Gardening!

c
c.c.c. (Massachusetts)
blue star creeper did not creep

I have planted over 85 isotoma in a clients garden and I have tried using it in my own garden. It has not performed. In Zone 6 b it has a period of growth and at both my house and my client's all of the plants have died after two seasons. I have not found that anyone I know has had success with this plant which is a shame, bc it is a beauty - briefly. !

Hello! Thank you for providing some feedback on Blue Star Creeper. It doesn't appear that you purchased your plants from us. It sound like you are quite an experienced gardener. But we have noticed that this plant often does not get the amount of water that it need. Blue Star Creeper needs quite moist soil - usually when things are shrinking or not growing, it indicates the soil is too dry. We hope this helps you in your future gardening endeavors. Happy Gardening!

P
P.J. (California)
Star creeper

Plant arrived alive. Has been planted. Has survived hot days in California. Still going fine and starting to spread.

M
M.R. (Illinois)
Blue Star Creeper

It has been a little over 1 month since planted. One arrived all soggy and almost dead. Great customer service they sent a replacement right away. They are doing OK. A little bit of spreading but have not seen flowers yet. I am hoping they survive this year and we will see great progress next year. I know it takes time. Would definitely recommend Great Garde Plants.

D
D.M. (Iowa)
Blue Star creeper

Hoping it grows hasn't done much yet but I think it will go has went alittle but just wait and see still happy