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Celebrate spring in the sunshine! There are lots of wildflowers that bloom in the shade in springtime, but there aren’t many Spirits for sun during those early mild days. Emerald Blue Creeping Phlox is one Spirit that revels in sun and blooms early. This sweet groundhugger becomes a carpet of delightful lavender-blue blossoms at the same time as Redbuds and Tulips burst into flower. A rugged, low-water plant, Emerald Blue performs like a champ in rock gardens and is just the thing to use to soften stonework. Of course, it works equally well in your beds and borders. Lovely.
- Hardiness Zone: 3-9
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There are many species of Phlox. These are usually five-petalled Spirits, and those petals are often brilliantly colored. In fact, that’s how Phlox got its name—“Phlox” is Greek for “flame.” Almost all Phlox species are American—including this one, the Creeping Phlox, also known as Moss Phlox. Creeping Phlox grows as a wildflower in sandy, hilly terrain from Michigan to New York and south to North Carolina. Emerald Blue Creeping Phlox has been around for some time. It was chosen for its extremely floriferous habit and its fabulous, glossy (emerald) green foliage.
Butterfly pit stop! The first butterflies of the year emerge just as Emerald Blue Creeping Phlox is opening its blossoms. Plant this nectar-filled Spirit and give these winged wonders some valuable fuel.
How to Grow
Easy peasy. Plant your Emerald Blue Creeping Phlox in a spot where it can soak up the sunshine for at least six hours a day. The soil must drain well, as this plant cannot tolerate soggy conditions. Watering once a week is best, but Emerald Blue will tolerate considerable neglect once it is established. One thing you may want to do is shear the foliage halfway down after blooming has ended. This will force new leaves to appear, making the plant look nice the rest of the season. Foliage will be semi-evergreen in winter. Do no further pruning until late winter/early spring.
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