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Phlox ‘Running with Scissors’ (Creeping Phlox)

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Vigorous and durable, Phlox ‘Running With Scissors’ is a ground-hugging perennial boasting a profusion of large, slightly fragrant, light to medium-violet flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm). Their petals are strongly cleft and blunt, similar to training scissors, after which this creeping phlox was named. Blooming in early spring for up to 6 weeks with a possible rebloom in the fall, the flowers are so abundant that they literally cover for the rosemary-like, dark green foliage. Forming a spreading flower carpet, this recently introduced hybrid phlox is perfect for the rock garden, on slopes, over a wall, or at the front of the sunny border. This plant was developed by Dr. Jim Ault at Chicago Botanic Garden from a cross between Phlox ‘McDaniel’s Cushion’ and Phlox bifida.

  • Grows only 6-8 in. tall (15-20 cm) and spreads up to 24-36 in. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Prefers full sun and enjoys humusy, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Adaptability to heat, cold, alkaline and possibly saline soils.
  • Excellent choice for rock gardens, slopes, edgings or ground covers. Perfectly suited to border fronts and lovely when slightly draping a rock wall. A great companion for tulips and daffodils… and butterflies too!
  • Trouble-free, requires little care.
  • Readily propagated by shoot tip cuttings taken from new growth in spring or autumn.

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Polemoniaceae
Genus Phlox
Common names Creeping Phlox, Phlox
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 6" - 8"
(15cm - 20cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 24" - 36"
(60cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Salt
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Polemoniaceae
Genus Phlox
Common names Creeping Phlox, Phlox
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 6" - 8"
(15cm - 20cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 24" - 36"
(60cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Salt
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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