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Phlox subulata

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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

Height: 3"-6"

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

Phlox subulata (moss phlox)
  • Phlox subulata (moss phlox)
  • Phlox subulata (moss phlox)
  • Phlox subulata (moss phlox)
  • Phlox subulata (moss phlox)

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Description

Phlox subulata

Also known as:

moss phlox

,

creeping phlox

,

moss pink

,

rock pink

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

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.

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Propagate by clump division after its bloom period, or in early fall.

Additional Notes

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

Native Range:
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

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Solanales
Family Polemoniaceae Phlox family
Genus Phlox phlox
Species Phlox subulata moss phlox