Phlox subulata - Moss Pink
Phlox subulata is a low green leaved perennial. Moss Pink is great for small spaces and for the fragrant garden at night. Phlox subulata grows to 2-4" tall and spreads to 2' across or so when it is happy. Moss Pink spreads by stolons and can naturalize in the moister parts of the state. In the spring it puts on a number of 1/2" deep pink blooms. I grow Phlox subulata for the finely textured leaves as much as for the flowers. Phlox subulata does best with a little sun protection unless your garden is near the coast. Good drainage helps as does regular water but Phlox subulata will tolerate quite a lot of drought. Several different colors of Phlox subulata have been developed including a pale lavender that they call blue, this deep pink, often called red and some with markings down the petals. All are garden worthy. Rust and mites can be a problem if the plants are stressed.
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