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Phlox nivalis

Common Name(s):
Pine phlox, Trailing phlox
Categories:
Native Plants, Perennials
Comment:

This native perennial does well in the mountains, piedmont, and coastal plains of North Carolina.  It does well in hot, well-drained sites.  It has a tight 6' tall evergreen mat of shiny needle-like foilage.  Showy pink flowers appear for a few weeks in sping and are a favorite of hummingbirds. 'Snow drift' is a while flowering cultivar.  This southern species is similar to P. subulata but it blooms about two weeks later.  They are distinguishable by the length of the style. Tear the flower in half lengthwise- the style is so short in P. nivalis that the stigma is at the bottom of the tube. In P. subulata the style reaches end of the tube. 

Height:
6"
Zones:
6-8
Exposure:
full sun
Soil:
average to well-drained
Tags:
wildlife plant, groundcover, shiny green, pink flowers, hummingbirds, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 2854

Phlox nivalis Phlox nivalis plant
Suzanne Cadwell-, CC BY-NC-2.0
Phlox nivalis Phlox nivalis bloom
Phillip Bouchard, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0