Phlox subulata 'Snowflake' Description
Phlox subulata (commonly called creeping phlox), ushers in spring like no other sun perennial groundcover.
In late spring, hundreds of fragrant, star-shaped, white blooms burst forth in such masses they obscure the foliage.
Sun loving creeping phlox forms a low growing, mat-forming groundcover. Leaves are narrow and pointed, and stay evergreen adding 4 seasons of interest!
Highly adaptable to most well-drained soils whether acidic, or alkaline. It even grows in gravelly soil!
Stunning in mass plantings. Use as a foreground planting to colorful coneflowers, upright sedums or medium sized shrubs.
Special features: Attracts butterflies, Cold hardy, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Easy care, Evergreen, Fast growing, Fragrance, Heat tolerant, Tolerates foot traffic, Winter interest
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Phlox subulata 'Snowflake'
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4-6" x 24"
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Late spring-early summer
Alpine and rock, Container gardening, Edging, Ground cover, Rock garden, Small spaces
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Soil: Humus, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Plants prefer soil with a slightly acid to neutral pH. Good soil drainage is important. Plants grow well in sandy or gravely soils, and tolerate hot, dry exposures better than most other species of phlox
Light: Best flowering is in full sun, but plants generally appreciate some dappled sun in the hot summers of the deep South.
Spacing: 1-2 ft
Fertilizing: A general purpose slow-acting granular fertilizer worked, or watered into the soil around the plants in the spring is sufficient for phlox for the season.
Winterizing: In colder zones, this cultivar is likely to be burned by winter winds unless protected by snow cover or an evergreen windbreak. Leave foliage standing in winter, and clean up spent foliage in spring.
Maintenance & pruning: Cut back stems after flowering by 1/2 to maintain form and promote denser growth plus to stimulate a possible light rebloom. Divide every few years, replanting sections from the edge of the clump and discarding the woody center.
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