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Phlox subulata

Native Plants

Moss Phlox

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This evergreen perennial phlox is a vigorous, mat-forming groundcover, growing 3-6” tall with outstanding early spring flowers that cover the plants. Better yet, moss phlox tolerates hot and dry exposures. The fragrant, ¾” blooms are five-petaled with each petal notched at the tip. Phlox subulata blooms from early to mid-spring in colors ranging from lavender and blue-purple to pink and white. Moss phlox performs best with full sun to filtered shade in neutral to alkaline soil. Plants are best displayed at the front of the border and rock garden with companions such as Aquilegia canadensis, Viola pedata, Liatris microcephala, Silene virginica and other xeric loving plants.

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  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
    evergreen, semi-evergreen 
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry 
  • Flowering Period
    early-spring, mid-spring
  • Soil PH
  • Flower Color
    lavender, pink, purple, white 
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
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