The Creeping Phlox Scarlet Flame produces masses of large, bright scarlet flowers with darker eye cover the top of this mat-forming creeper for a long period. Creates a carpet of color for use as a groundcover, in bank plantings or in rock gardens. Spectacular when cascading over walls.
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Phlox Scarlet Flame is sure to usher spring into your garden with its vibrant star-shaped, magenta-pink blooms. A drought-tolerant evergreen, this perennial groundcover creates a dense mat of 6-inch blooms atop needle-like foliage. Plant Phlox Scarlet Flame in tricky areas like steep banks and rock walls to watch its flowers skillfully spread.
4 to 6 inches
18 to 24 inches
Bright Fire Pink
Early through Late Spring
Green, Needle shape
Prefers dry, average to sandy soil
Water well until established
Mass planting, Ground Cover
How to Care for Phlox Scarlet Flame
Be sure to read our planting instructions to ensure a healthy and happy plant for years to come!
Frequently Asked questions
What are the watering requirements for Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox?
After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox a good deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5 a three gallon pot would be 15 and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks.
How do you fertilize Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox?
Feeding your plants is probably the single most forgotten part of growing healthy long lasting plants. We recommend feeding your Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox in the very early spring and again in mid summer after all new growth has hardened off and it begins to set flower buds. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is the best product to use at the time of planting. Our ideal fertilizer schedule for you to use is as follows. Apply an early spring fertilizer with a product such as Espoma Plant-tone at the recommended rate this will give the plant a boost of nitrogen potash that will be needed for healthy foliage and stem growth. Follow this up with another early summer application of Espoma Flower-Tone, this will again provide the necessary nutrients to promote a flush of beautiful flowers. Espoma products are easy to use, just sprinkle around the base of the plant and water it in. Be careful with products such as miracle-grow as these products can burn newly planted plants when not used at the recommended rates. Slow-release fertilizer can help prevent rapid soft growth that is vulnerable to diseases and insects.
How do you mulch Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox?
We highly recommend that you mulch your Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. Its better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or base of the plant.
How do you prune Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox?
Remove the old flowers of Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox as they become brown and unattractive. This procedure, called deadheading, encourages the yarrow plant to produce new flowers, keeping your plant looking attractive throughout the season. This process is called deadheading. Deadheading also prevents Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox from spreading through your yard, as it can be an effective self-seeder when the dead flowers are allowed to dry completely and go to seed this would cause problems for your garden as the seedling would not be Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox. Prune the central stems of the yarrow if they begin to die back. Remove these brown stems and leaves to give your plant a healthier and more attractive appearance. Yarrow tends to grow more and more stems on the outside, leaving the inner stems to die away, which is why its also recommended to divide Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox every few years to rejuvenate the plant. Cut back yarrow to within 6 inches of the ground after it has finished flowering. In colder climates, cut it back as one of the last chores in your garden before the snow flies. In warmer climates, cut it back in the spring before it begins to bud. Cutting back will promote new growth, giving you a healthier plant with stronger stems. Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox reliably blooms on the seasons new growth, so prune to the ground during late winter or very early spring before growth starts. Fall pruning, especially in warmer climates, can result in a quick flush of new growth that prevents dormancy and makes winter freezes potentially deadly.