- Common Name(s):
- Moss phlox, Moss pink, Moss-pink, Thrift
- Groundcover, Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers
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.
- 6-9 in.
- Flower Color:
- Pink, rose, red, blue, violet, white
- USDA Hardiness Zone 2-9
- Prostrate with creeping stems; 0.5-1 in. semi-evergreen, small, sharply pointed light green to gray-green, awl-shaped leaves
- 0.5-0.75 in. flowers; pink, violet or white petals are either entire or notched at the end; tubular corolla with spreading lobes
- Dry, open sites with sandy soil
- Height 4-6 in. with a spread of 2 ft.
- Dense, creeping carpet
- Division after flowering, cuttings
- Full sun
- Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
- Eastern USA, North Carolina
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NCCES plant id: 333