Phlox kelseyi Lemhi Purple

Lemhi Purple Creeping Phlox

 

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A hard-to-find beauty native to the wildlands of southern Idaho, this is a small growing groundcover phlox. In early spring, the plants bloom with large bi-colored blue and lavender flowers for nearly a month. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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per plant - 2.5" deep pot You save: 40%
Zones 4 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Native
Evergreen
Evergreen
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Early to mid spring
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Size Plant - 2.5" deep pot
SKU 77113

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1" tall x 5-8" wide (cutting propagated). You'll marvel at the beauty 'Lemhi Purple' brings to early spring in the xeric garden. The remarkably large, bi-colored blue and lavender flowers cover the plants for nearly a month in early spring. When blooming is done, 'Lemhi Purple's tight mat of gray-green foliage looks nice year round. It's small enough to tuck around many other smaller growing xeric plants. Along with Phlox grayi, this is another indispensible western native Phlox that need a place in every xeriscape. Originally discovered growing in Lemhi Co., Idaho.
SKU 77113
Common Name Lemhi Purple Creeping Phlox
Botanical Name Phlox kelseyi Lemhi Purple
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Blue, Purple
Mature Height 1" tall
Mature Spread 5-8" wide
Bloom Time Early to mid spring
Ships As Potted Plant
Evergreen Yes
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Native, Evergreen
Ideal Region Western Only, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Phlox (tall and groundcover types)
Phlox are generally sun-loving native plants that attract butterflies. Many phlox varieties are wonderfully fragrant.

Phlox can be divided into two groups;
  • Phlox paniculata (Tall garden phlox)
  • Groundcover types (Phlox nana, P. kelseyi, P. subulata and others)
  • Phlox paniculata (Tall Garden Phlox) - tall, showy perennials blooming in mid-summer with fragrant flowers.
    • Preferred growing conditions:
    • Grows best in compost enriched garden loam. Avoid heavy, wet soils and clay.
    • Likes to be mulched to keep soil more evenly moist. Most common mulching materials are fine.
    • Likes to grow in soil that stays evenly moist.
    • Plant in full sun
    • Enrich the soil at planting time with good quality compost and Yum Yum Mix.
      • Special comments:
      • Phlox can sometimes be troubled by powdery mildew, but planting mildew-resistant varieties, keeping the soil evenly moist and not watering overhead in the afternoon/evening will prevent most outbreaks.
      • Deadhead to prolong blooming.
      • These perennials appreciate yearly fall applications of Yum Yum Mix and compost to improve the humus content and enhance water-holding capacity of the soil.
        • 2. Phlox nana, P. kelseyi, P. subulata and others (Groundcover Phlox)
          These perennial species are low growing and are used as groundcovers. Some are evergreen and most have fragrant flowers.

          Preferred growing conditions:
        • These species grow in a wide range of soil types including clay.
        • Most of these groundcover varieties prefer coarse-textured mulches like pine needles, crushed nut shells and crushed gravel.
        • Many of the groundcover phlox are xeric and only need periodic deep watering during summer heat.
        • Plant in hot, full sun areas.
        • They only need modest soil improvement, so use a few handfuls of Yum Yum Mix and good quality compost to prepare the soil for planting.
          • Special comments:
          • These are low-care perennials that need little attention once established.
            • Garden care:
            • Cut back herbaceous species like Phlox nana in mid-spring. Evergreen types like P. subulata and P. kelseyi need no trimming or cutting back.
            • Fertilize once in the fall with Yum Yum Mix and Planters II.

    View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Phlox kelseyi Lemhi Purple:

    I planted the promptly. but they never took hold. 1 plant lasted about 4 weeks. The others died sooner.

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    showy, early & super drought tolerant

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    Pros

    • Bright
    • Early
    • Super Drought Tolerant

    Cons

    • Small In Size

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    • With Daffodils

    Comments about High Country Gardens Phlox kelseyi Lemhi Purple:

    So hard to find EARLY phlox that can handle hot southern exposure. This is it, growing at the edge of the sidewalk, tucked in between an agave and a bluegrass. I value it extremely and main con is that it is hard to get. HCG is currently out of stock and you can't get it in nurseries.

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    Purple Phlox

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    • Attractive

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    • Small In Size

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Phlox kelseyi Lemhi Purple:

    This variety did not establish well. Same bed as the pink phlox which took off like a rocket. First set died, quickly replaced no questions asked. Second set is surviving and starting to take hold, but is just struggling in the same area that the other variety of phlox ordered is exploding. Recommend a pass on this one.

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    To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

    • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
    • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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