Evergreen foliage hugs the ground all winter to come alive in early May with deep purple flowers. 'Sherwood 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.
Easy to grow with very showy spring bloom
Thrives in partial to full shade
Prized by native insects and butterflies
Perfect for massing in colorful spring waves
Great evergreen groundcover
Perfect for moist soils
Moist open woods from Maine to Georgia and west to Ohio and Alabama
Map Credit: The Biota of North America Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
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.