Phlox subulata 'Snowflake'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Phlox-Creeping

Like a bright white sheet, a carpet of ‘Snowflake’ Creeping Phlox sparkles in the spring sunshine.  A profusion of pure white flowers completely covers the foliage which forms a short, tight, rounded clump in the landscape.

Creeping phlox is a low-growing species which forms a carpet-like mat no taller than 6 inches. This popular little perennial is best utilized in rocky areas, on slopes, and in flower borders.

Origin: Native Cultivar


  4-6 Inches
  12-18 Inches
Flower Color:
  White Shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
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Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
  Late spring
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Rock Garden
  Rain Garden


Border plants
Ground cover
Salt Tolerant
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Creeping phlox is a versatile, easy to grow groundcover for full sun. Gritty, slightly alkaline soils are prefered and good drainage is essential. It's a good idea to shear this plant back and clean up any dead foliage in early summer, just after it's finished blooming. This will produce denser foliage and will encourage it to rebloom. Divisions can be made every few years in summer.


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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.