Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Evergreens, Ground Covers
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun
Water Use: low, medium
Soil Moisture: dry, moist
Soil Description: neutral, average, poor, sand, gravel/rock
Bloom Time: March, April, May, June
Bloom Color: white, violet, purple, pink, lilac, lavender
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: attracts butterflies, clumping, colonizing, creeping, deer resistant, drought tolerant, evergreen, fall interest, mat-forming, mounding, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, rock garden plant
Pricing & Availability
Phlox subulataAlso known as:
Though it is a low growing species, moss phlox packs quite a visual punch. It creeps to form dense mats of deep green, awl-like leaves. Spring brings a bonanza of purple flowers so dense as to all but hide the foliage. Though most of the leaves will die back in the coldest limits of its range, it can be considered evergreen everywhere else.
Phlox subulata is low maintenance and easy to grow. It prefers full sun and is tolerant of dry conditions. Rich, moist, well-drained soil is best, but it will thrive even in poor soil. making it a favorite for use in rock gardens. It can provide effective erosion control for steep slopes and disturbed areas. Cutting back the dead flowers can encourage a secondary bloom period. Under ideal conditions, it will spread from seed. Very cold hardy. Zones 3-8
Propagate by clump division after its bloom period, or in early fall.
Beware, rabbits enjoy this species as much as we do! Unlike other species of phlox, P. subulata is rarely affected by powdery mildew.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Threatened: TN
|Species||Phlox subulata||moss phlox|