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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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Shipped to your door

Arrives as young plant

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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 46 reviews
63%
(29)
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L
L.H. (Oregon)
Blue Star Creeper

11 of 12 survived. They've started blooming and they seem to be the lighter blue-- I was hoping for dark blue star creeper, but couldn't find reliable info on how to tell them apart!

g
g.p. (Massachusetts)
So far so good

Beginning to spread nicely.
The key is whether it will survive the winter here in Massachusetts.
Fingers crossed

D
D.G. (Florida)
Only time will tell in Central Florida

Ordered 6, 2 were delivered wilting and did not survive past 4 days. Customer service sent me replacements that were in good health. So far they are growing great! I have them planted in partial shade in evening, in raised beds, to get them going since it’s is 90 degrees here in the summer. I will transplant them later to the backyard where I am trying to get a Bahia and clover 🍀 mix going in our sandbox soil next to Tampa Bay. The clover was doing great as a stand-alone lawn alternative until last month when clover eating snails 🐌 invaded the yard and ate whole sections, must be a thousand or so little snails. I added the Bahia mix so there will be some grass as well, since now I have massive spots with no ground cover in the rainy season in Florida.

Hello! We do apologize that you received plants not up to our standards. But, we are glad to hear that our customer service team was able to send you replacement plants. It sounds like you are taking great care of your garden! If you have any questions, we're always here to help out. Happy Gardening!

C
C.D. (New York)
Mixed review

Love this plant and persevering to make it work. We have a rather large slope and the plant is just what we want. Must have put in 320 plugs in the fall of 2019. Soil was new and weed free. They were gorgeous all fall and even first half of winter. Spring looked pretty bleak, but by the end of May about half came back. I filled in with my replacement guarantee. Most of these have taken and the original plants seem to be getting more rigorous and spreading. I think I should have planted closer together to begin with, so now ordering some more plugs to fill in. However, a nasty little weed (spurge) has creeped in and wondering whether I can use an herbicide to kill it, but not the plants. Thanks for any advice.

W
W.H. (Pennsylvania)
Blue Star Creeper (Isotoma fluviatilis)

Expediantly shipped in well packaged containers. Recieved in minimum time in excellent condition. Now established, spreading, and flowering. Perfect ground cover for my small space.

Lessons learned: plant level with the ground and water frequently until established. I had to reattach a couple of my plantings -- all survived and flourishing.