Red Wings Creeping Phlox

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This little plant is not for the faint of heart! Only buy Red Wings Creeping Phlox (Phlox subulata 'Red Wings') if you are ready for the attention it is going to bring you. Trust us when we tell you that it is one of those plants that will make people stop their cars and come to your door just to ask you what it is!

Every spring this petite perennial is completely smothered in deep crimson flowers with dark centers. (And when we say smothered, we mean that the flowers are so thick you might not see any green foliage at all through them)! But the sheer number of beneficial pollinators that these early spring flowering perennials attract may make it difficult to see the flowers at times!

Cold and heat-hardy throughout USDA growing zones 3 to 9, many Creeping Phlox can remain semi to fully evergreen in mild winter climates! When in bloom, this low-growing carpet-type Moss Phlox only reaches 6-8 inches in height but spreads to an impressive 30-36 inches wide! That’s three feet of glamorous color!

Planting and Application:

Red Wings is very drought tolerant once it is established. It is native to rocky embankments and the nooks and crannies of crumbling walls in Appalachia, so you know that it takes the fast-draining crummy soil of the elevated spots in your yard!

Whether you plant several Red Wing Moss Phlox as a groundcover or a couple as an accent in a Rock Garden or just one cascading over a garden wall you are going to be stopping traffic! Use as a facer plant in front of your foundation plantings for an incredibly vibrant "carpet of color"!

These are perfect in mixed planters, in porch pottery, and container garden spillers and fillers for your year-round mixed plantings in the sun!

These spreading Phlox are perfect as en masse blankets that cover the ground like living mulch, or on hillsides for covering hard-to-mow slopes and erosion control. Remove sod and space them two feet apart on center, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next.

Use Red Wings along the edges of flagstone paths, or fill a broken section among your patio pavers! Try some brilliant color spilling over curbs in notorious 'hell-strips' or 'concrete deserts' between the sidewalk and the road. The rich color will offset other spring flowers and stand out from across the garden!

  • Brilliant Pinkish-Crimson Star-Shaped Flowers
  • Mat-Forming Deep Green Foliage
  • Can Remain Semi to Fully Evergreen
  • Pollinator Friendly!
  • Great Groundcover, Edging, Slopes & Containers

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Plant Red Wings in full sun for the most blooms and the densest growth. Despite Red Wings' eye-catching color, it isn't a garden diva. It doesn't require pruning to keep its shape and only infrequent watering once it is established. For best results, supply these hardy perennials with supplemental water on a regular basis and a 3-4 inch thick layer of arborist mulch. This choice is great for low-maintenance landscapes and new gardeners. Carpet Phlox even displays some tolerance to salt, as well!

Deadhead Creeping Phlox immediately after the flowers fade and you may just enjoy a rebloom later in the growing season! Divide your clumps every few years and enjoy increased vigor - and free plants to extend your Phlox enjoyment in your landscape!

  • Full Sun Perennial
  • Low Moisture Needs
  • Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Prune/Shear After Flowering
  • Deer-Resistant, Adaptable & Easy to Grow!

If you are someone who likes living in quiet obscurity, then look the other way! But for the bold gardener - look no further than the radiant Red Wings Creeping Phlox at Nature Hills!

Phlox Frequently Asked Questions

Does Creeping Phlox spread?

Most Garden Phlox do spread some but politely so - not getting into trouble and not jumping their borders. Should the clumps become too large you can easily divide them.

Should your deadhead Creeping Phlox?

Deadheading Carpet Phlox helps prevent some varieties from self-seeding and encourages a rebloom. Shear or prune immediately after flowering for a rebloom later on.

Where is the best place to plant Phlox?

Phlox needs full sun, and well-drained enriched soil with good air circulation for best results. Mulch their beds and fertilize them each spring.

What happens to Phlox in the winter?

Phlox are herbaceous perennials that will lose their leaves and stems after frost and die back to the ground. In spring, they regrow from their root systems anew! However, Creeping Phlox can remain semi to fully evergreen in mild winters and warm growing zones.

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Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
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Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Red Wings Creeping Phlox Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Phlox subulata 'Red Wings'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 6 - 8 inches
Mature Spread 30 - 36 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Pinkish Crimson
Foliage Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering