Creeping Phlox ‘Red Wings’

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Description

Creeping Phlox ‘Red Wings’, commonly known as creeping phlox or moss phlox. It’s a low-growing perennial that forms a dense mat of foliage, covered with masses of small, star-shaped flowers in spring. The ‘Red Wings’ variety specifically is noted for its vibrant crimson-red flowers.

Appearance: Creeping phlox typically grows to a height of 6 to 8 inches and spreads outward to form a mat-like ground cover. ‘Red Wings’ is distinguished by its deep red flowers, which contrast beautifully against its evergreen foliage.

Blooming: This variety blooms profusely in spring, usually in April or May, depending on the climate zone. The flowers create a stunning carpet of color in the garden.

Sunlight: Creeping phlox generally prefers full sun to partial shade. It will bloom best in full sun but can tolerate some shade, especially in hotter climates.

Soil: Well-drained soil is crucial for creeping phlox. It prefers slightly acidic to neutral soil conditions. Amending the soil with organic matter can help improve drainage and fertility.

Watering: While established plants are somewhat drought-tolerant, it’s essential to water newly planted creeping phlox regularly until they establish a strong root system. Once established, water during dry spells to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.

Pruning: After flowering, you can lightly shear or trim back the foliage to encourage a more compact growth habit and potential reblooming.

Winter Care: Creeping phlox is generally hardy and doesn’t require extensive winter care. However, a layer of mulch applied in late fall can help protect the roots and conserve moisture during winter.