Creeping phlox from Dan in SC

I found this plant blooming this week in Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve, along the banks of the South Pacolet River. It was growing at the base of a tree in the sandy soil of the river bottom. The blooms were facing down and I had to hold them up in order to get the photo.


Hi Dan,

your wild plant is called Phlox stolonifera, the creeping phlox.  It is a somewhat delicate plant, and a favorite of mine.  It can spread by means of its stolons, but I have never heard of it being invasive.  One of our Appalachian endemics.


Dr. Steven R. Hill, Botanist, SCNPS

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