Phlox kelseyi Lemhi Purple

Lemhi Purple Creeping Phlox




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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Zones 4 - 8
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
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


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
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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High Country GardensPhlox kelseyi Lemhi Purple

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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


from Colorado Springs

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  • Bright
  • Early
  • Super Drought Tolerant


  • Small In Size

Best Uses

  • 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


from Northern VA/DC area

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  • Attractive


  • Small In Size

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  • Garden

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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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

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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