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Violet Pinwheels Phlox

Phlox 'Violet Pinwheels'

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Violet Pinwheels Phlox (Phlox 'Violet Pinwheels') at Pesche's Garden Center

Violet Pinwheels Phlox flowers

Violet Pinwheels Phlox flowers

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Plant Height:  3 inches

Flower Height:  4 inches

Spacing:  10 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Groundcover Phlox

Brand:  Walters Gardens


This groundcover phlox behaves like P. subulata, but with far more intense flower color; glowing, violet-purple flowers with notched, upturned petals look like tiny pinwheels; grows low and spreads slowly; great for border fronts or edging

Ornamental Features

Violet Pinwheels Phlox is smothered in stunning violet star-shaped flowers with purple overtones at the ends of the stems from mid to late spring. Its tiny needle-like leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year.

Landscape Attributes

Violet Pinwheels Phlox is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Violet Pinwheels Phlox is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Violet Pinwheels Phlox will grow to be only 3 inches tall at maturity extending to 4 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider covering it with a thick layer of mulch in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover 
Flowers  Texture 
Ornamental Features