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Trailing Phlox

Chaenostoma cordatum

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








6 months to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Trailing Phlox Overview

This neat, fast-growing groundcover grows in full sun to shade and has white, lavender and mauve/violet varieties. White, star-like flowers appear from autumn to spring. These plants grow well in hanging baskets and rockeries, in full-sun to shade and in ideal conditions, they will flower year-round. An ideal filler for complicated garden areas.

Common problems with Trailing Phlox

It is relatively pest-free, but white flies can occasionally be encountered. Treat these with an insecticide specific for these insects.

    Trailing Phlox Companion Plants

    Good companions are plants like: Calibrachoa, Lobelia, Sweet Potato Vine

    A photo of Sweet Potato Vine 'Black Tone'

    Sweet Potato Vine 'Black Tone'

    Ipomoea 'Black Tone'

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    Trailing Lobelia

    Lobelia erinus

    How to harvest Trailing Phlox

    The fruit can be harvested for the seeds and is a capsule. The seeds are amber.

    How to propagate Trailing Phlox


    Sow the seed in a 1:1 mixture of fine bark and coarse river sand during the spring.


    Lift and replant rooted stems or take stem cuttings in summer & autumn. Use a well-draining mixture of 1:1 fine bark and river sand or 1:1 fine bark and polystyrene. Rooting takes 2-3 weeks.


    The plants can be cut up with a piece of roots attached to a stem with leaves to be replanted.


    Place a soft stem unto the surface and it will root quickly-use a piece of stone or wire to keep it close to soil while rooting.

    Special features of Trailing Phlox

    Pot plant

    Makes a lovely hanging basket and great in mixed containers.

    Indoor plant

    Grows indoor where enough sunlight keeps the growth dense, compact and neat.

    Other uses of Trailing Phlox


    Grown widely in gardens as ground covers, or in pots and hanging baskets.


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