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Phlox subulata

Common Name(s):
Moss phlox, Moss pink, Moss-pink, Thrift
Categories:
Groundcover, Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers
Comment:

Moss pink is a perennial that is excellent for spring color. The plant is herbaceous when young and woody when older. It has many cultivars and has moderate drought tolerance. Moss phlox is well known to all as that bright groundcover found in landscapes across the state and may grow to a height of 6 inches. Leaves are opposite to clustered and densely arranged and may have a fuzzy margin. It is especially beautiful cascading over a rock wall. Vibrant pink, red, lavender, blue-purple, or white flowers cover the plant from late April to early May. Shearing the plants back after flowering may encourage a second, smaller flowering. This plant is occasionally damaged by deer.

Regions: Mountains, Piedmont

Seasons of Interest:

    Bloom: Spring; Fruit/Nut/Seed: Spring

Wildlife Value: Flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. Moss phlox has low resistance to deer.

Season:
Spring
Height:
6-9 in.
Flower Color:
Pink, rose, red, blue, violet, white
Hardiness:
USDA Hardiness Zone 2-9
Foliage:
Prostrate with creeping stems; 0.5-1 in. semi-evergreen, small, sharply pointed light green to gray-green, awl-shaped leaves
Flower:
0.5-0.75 in. flowers; pink, violet or white petals are either entire or notched at the end; tubular corolla with spreading lobes
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Dry, open sites with sandy soil
Size:
Height 4-6 in. with a spread of 2 ft.
Texture:
Fine
Form:
Dense, creeping carpet
Propagation:
Division after flowering, cuttings
Exposure:
Full sun
Soil:
Well-drained
Regions:
Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Origin:
Eastern USA, North Carolina
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Tags:
pink, sun, blue, white, purple, wildflower, perennial, groundcover, spring, deer resistant, red

NCCES plant id: 333

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