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Phlox subulata - L.

Common Name Moss phlox
Family Polemoniaceae
USDA hardiness 4-9
Known Hazards None Known
Habitats Indigenous to rocky and sandy barrens, savannas, rocky ledges, slopes, clearings and disturbed sites.
Range Native to eastern and central USA, and widely cultivated.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Phlox subulata Moss phlox


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Phlox subulata is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.1 m (0ft 4in) by 0.4 m (1ft 4in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

P. subulata var. subulata. P. subulata f. subulata

Habitats

Edible Uses

None Known

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Soil conditioner  Soil stabilization

A great high density groundcover. As a long- lived perennial with fibrous roots it may be good for soil building and erosion control [318-1].

Special Uses

Attracts Wildlife  Food Forest  Ground Cover

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Cultivation details

Herbaceous mat forming perennial wildflower. A very colourful, vigorous groundcover for full sun or partial shade. Poor soil tolerant. USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 9. very hardy, tolerating temperatures down to -20 °C (-4 °F). Soil pH: 5.0 - 8.0. Soil Type: Sandy, Loamy. Soil Moisture: Moderate, Dry. Growth Rate: Moderate. Life Span: Long-Lived Perennial. Stand Persistence: Long. Form: Prostrate. Texture: Fine. Minimum Root Depth: 14 inches. Drought: Tolerant. Flood: Intolerant. Salt: Intolerant. Soil Compaction: Moderate. Fire Damage: Tolerant. Cold Injury: Infrequent. Wind Storm Damage: Infrequent. Disease Issues: Minor. Insect/Pest Damage: Minor. Root Type: Fibrous Deep. Seasonal Interest: Spring. Used in borders, edgings, foundations and walls. Semi evergreen. Fruit Type: Capsule. Flower Color: Blue, Pink, Purple, Red, White. Bloom Time: Spring - Late Spring. For polyculture design as well as the above-ground architecture (form - tree, shrub etc. and size shown above) information on the habit and root pattern is also useful and given here if available. The plant growth habit is a clumper with limited spread [1-2]. Evergreen. The root pattern is fibrous dividing into a large number of fine roots [1-2].

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Propagation

Seed, division or by cuttings.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Creeping Phlox, Moss Phlox, Moss Pink, Mountain Phlox

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

None Known

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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