Phlox stolonifera 'Fran's Purple'
Creeping Phlox

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Butterfly FriendlyDeer ResistantRain GardenPart ShadeShadeBird Friendly
Creeping Phlox
Phlox stolonifera 'Fran's Purple'

Evergreen foliage hugs the ground all winter to come alive in early May with deep purple flowers.  'Fran's Purple' is slow growing, blooms later than many Creeping Phlox and is perfect for grouping in partial or full shade. Superb nectar source for native insects while virtually pest free.

Crucial early season nectar source for insects
Group to form an easy care groundcover
Highly drought tolerant once established
Abundant, fragrant purple flowers
Early season native butterflies love it
Deer and rabbit resistant

Native Range

Moist open woods from Maine to Georgia and west to Ohio and Alabama

Interesting Facts

Butterflies have adapted excellent defenses against predators. Some copy markings of other poisonous butterflies, some release nasty odors when in danger and others have markings on their wings like owl eyes to fool enemies so they can escape harm.


Creeping phlox thrives best in moist, well-drained soils in full to partial shade. Spreads rapidly by stolons. Very drought tolerant once established. Give good air circulation to reduce growth of powdery mildew. Benefits from occasional fertilization. A stunning groundcover and border plant.

Mature Size: 6-8in. Wide x 15-18in. Tall

Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Sun Exposure: Part Shade to Full Shade

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