General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 3 - 6 inches
Plant Spread: 6 - 12 inches
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Lavender
Pink
Red
White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Groundcover
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: Seeds need alternating periods of warm and cold stratification to germinate
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Stolons and runners

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Common names
  • Creeping Phlox
  • Moss Phlox
  • Moss pink
  • Rock pink
  • Moss Pinks

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Comments:
  • Posted by Chillybean (Iowa - Zone 5a) on Aug 1, 2015 9:20 AM concerning plant:
    I bought this in 2011 before I was really into native plants. I enjoyed seeing how they just spilled over raised flower beds we would drive by. It was purchased at some general purpose nursery, so when I was becoming more aggressive with ornamentals, I mentioned to someone I was going to yank this non-native. I assumed wrongly about its native status and he corrected me.

    I am so glad I left it alone. It may not be native to Iowa (The USDA map shows Iowa, but no county info), but it is to nearby areas. I am not seeing any insects interested in this, but it does a great job for early spring color and as it fades the later plants have a chance to grow then bloom.

    When weeding, I accidentally pulled a portion of the plant off, but then I transplanted it elsewhere. It actually grew and bloomed the next season. My... a plant that can thrive with my abuse!
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 15, 2012 6:13 AM concerning plant:
    Moss phlox is a prostrate, semi-evergreen native perennial that lives on dry, often rocky, open slopes and clearings throughout much of eastern North America. In mid to late spring, showy 5-petaled flowers in colors ranging from white to shocking pink to pale blue (and all colors in between) will literally cover the foliage. Plants form mats of very linear, needle-like leaves. This profuse flowering display combined with its adaptability to difficult conditions has made moss phlox a very popular landscaping plant. There are few plants better for covering a sunny, dry bank, for cascading over a stonewall, or for edging. It wants good drainage and full sun except towards the southern end of its range where some protection from the hot afternoon sun is needed. (Sunlight Gardens)
  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Oct 12, 2013 11:12 PM concerning plant:
    I've always struggled with this plant. It does well for a couple years, then just kind of peters out. (Pacific Northwest)
  • Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Apr 16, 2012 12:22 PM concerning plant:
    Honey bees get pollen from this plant.
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