Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Featured Plant of the Day: 'White Delight' Creeping Phlox

Phlox subulata 'White Delight'
Flowering Moss,  Creeping Phlox,  Moss Phlox,  Mountain Phlox,  Ground Pink,  Moss Pink

 Type    Perennial
Hardy range    2A to 9A
Height    4" to 6" / 10cm to 15cm
Spread    18" to 24" / 45cm to 60cm
Growth rate    Average
Form    Prostrate, spreading or horizontal and variable spread
Exposure    Partial shade or partial sun to full sun
Persistence    Deciduous and evergreen

 Bloom Color    White
Bloom Time    Spring

The flowers are fragrant, showy and suitable for cut flowers.

This plant tolerates some drought and a little salt.
This plant will grow in dry to moist soil.
Suitable soil is well-drained/loamy or sandy.
The pH preference is an acidic to slightly alkaline (less than 6.8 to 7.7) soil.

 Leaf Color    Green
This plant has attractive foliage.

 Landscape Uses
-    Alpine garden
-    Rock garden
-    Seashore planting
-    Border
-    Groundcover

 Attributes and Features
-    Naturalizing
-    Inconspicuous fruit

 Propagation and Root Form
Propagation is from  cuttings and  division.
Best propagation time is in the  fall and  spring.
This plant's roots are  fibrous.

 Culture Notes
Plant in a sunny spot with well-drained soil.  Prune after flowering for a healthier, denser plant and further blooming.  In the spring, remove dead foliage only; shear lightly after blooming.   However, do not cut plant back after mid-August.  Phlox subulata nearly doubles in size once spring blooming begins.  Often used as a ground cover, an edging plant, or for planting in cracks in walls.  Good plant to use with your spring blooming bulbs.  'White Delight' has large, pure white blossoms.