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Phlox nivalis

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Description

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 inch-tall evergreen mat of shiny needle-like foliage. Showy pink flowers appear for a few weeks in spring 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 the end of the tube. 

Habit: Trailing

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Snowdrift
    White flowers
Tags:
#hummingbirds#white#evergreen#sun#full sun#white flowers#wildlife plant#pink flowers#lawn alternative#spring flowers#cpp#shiny#native garden#groundcover#spring interest
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Snowdrift
    White flowers
Tags:
#hummingbirds#white#evergreen#sun#full sun#white flowers#wildlife plant#pink flowers#lawn alternative#spring flowers#cpp#shiny#native garden#groundcover#spring interest
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Phlox
    Species:
    nivalis
    Family:
    Polemoniaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts hummingbirds
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    It has a tight 6 inch-tall evergreen mat of shiny needle-like foliage.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Attracts:
    Hummingbirds