Wednesday 26 November 2014

Flower of the day: Phlox subulata

Phlox subulata

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

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