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Phlox subulata

Moss Phlox
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Polemoniaceae
Subfamily: Polemonioideae
Genus: Phlox
Species: P. subulata
Binomial name
Phlox subulata

Phlox subulata[1] (creeping phlox, moss phlox, moss pink, or mountain phlox) is a species of flowering plant in the family Polemoniaceae, native to eastern and central USA, and widely cultivated. Growing to 15 cm (6 in) high and covering a 50 cm (20 in) wide area, it is an evergreen perennial forming mats or cushions of hairy, linear leaves. The small, five-petaled flowers bloom in rose, mauve, blue, white, or pink in late spring to early summer.[2]

The Latin specific epithet subulata means awl- or needle-shaped.[3]

Altercations between gardeners and law enforcement personnel occasionally occur when the odor given off by the plants is mistaken for that of marijuana.[4][5][6]


  • Requires full sun and well-drained soil.
  • Hardiness zones: USDA zone 3 to 9

The cultivar 'McDaniel's Cushion' has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[9]


  • Bay Books. P. 2005. The A-Z of Garden Flowers.


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