Phlox subulata Eye Caramba
Phlox subulata 'Eye Caramba' photo courtesy of Walters Gardens

Creeping Phlox, Ground Phlox

'Eye Carumba' is a low growing, creeping phlox with bright pink flowers with a red eye.  Creeping phlox is a low-growing species which forms a carpet-like mat no taller than 15 cm. This popular little perennial is best utilized in rocky areas, on slopes, and in flower borders.

  • Height: 10-15 cm (4-6 in)
  • Spread: 45-60 cm (18-24 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 2-9
  • Sun or Shade: minimum 6 hours of direct sun
  • Bloom Time: late spring to early summer
  • Leaf Colour: green
  • Bloom Colour: pink
  • Nature Attraction: butterflies and bees

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Creeping phlox is a versatile, easy to grow groundcover for full sun. Gritty, neutral soils are prefered and good drainage is essential. It's a good idea to shear this plant back and clean up any dead foliage in early summer, just after it's finished blooming. This will produce denser foliage and will encourage it to rebloom. Divisions can be made every few years in summer.


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