Phlox subulata (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.
The Latin specific epithet subulata means awl- or needle-shaped.
Altercations between gardeners and law enforcement personnel occasionally occur when the odor given off by the plants is mistaken for that of marijuana.
- Requires full sun and well-drained soil.
- Hardiness zones: USDA zone 3 to 9