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Atropurpurea Creeping Phlox
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Atropurpurea Creeping Phlox

Colorful Ground Cover

Bright red flowers make a big impact when they bloom in early to mid spring. Atropurpurea Creeping Phlox is an easy-to-grow ground cover that's ideal for planting in rock gardens, along garden edges or draping over garden walls. It forms a mat of semi-evergreen foliage that grows 4-6 in. tall. Thrives in poor soils. 2 plants cover 3 sq. ft. Grows best when planted in full sun to partial shade. Zones 4-9.

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  • Botanical Name: Phlox subulata 'Atropurpurea'; Family: Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family).
  • Height: 4 - 6 inches.
  • Spacing: 18 - 24 inches.
  • Depth: Same depth or slightly deeper than planted in the nursery.
  • Spread: 24 inches.
  • Light Required: Full sun
  • Color: Bright red blossoms.
  • Foliage: Thin needle-like green leaves.
  • Blooms: Early to mid Spring.
  • Zone: 4 - 9
  • Form: Perennial. Mound.
  • Soil Requirements: Well-drained soil.
  • Growth Rate: Fast growth rate. 6 - 8 inches per year.
  • Pruning: None needed.
  • Size: 1/2 inch blossoms.
  • Comments: Water weekly first season while getting established and during prolonged hot, dry periods in subsequent years. Mix peat moss, compost or well-rotted manure deeply into the soil. Cut back the plant after flowering to encourage dense growth. Good for rock gardens or borders. Excellent Spring color. May experience some browning in Winter if in a windy, frosty location. In very cold areas plant may die back.

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