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Plant Profile: Moss phlox (Phlox subulata)

Moss phlox (Phlox subulata

Moss phlox (Phlox subulata

This small, semi-evergreen ground cover with fine dark green foliage and bright flowers is very adaptable and a great addition to the spring garden. Its prostrate habit makes it a good plant for rock gardens or cascading over a wall.

Type: Herbaceous perennial.

Bloom: Pink, white, red, lavender, or blue-purple; some striped or with darker colored eye in the center; early spring.

Size: 6” H x 12” W (slow growing).

Light: Full sun but can tolerate some shade.

Soil: Does best in average, moist, well-drained garden soil that is slightly alkaline or neutral but can tolerate dry, thin soils and acidic pH.

Hardiness: Zone 3 to 9 with protection in cold areas.

Care: Cut back 1/3 to ½ after flowering to promote new growth and good health.

Pests and Diseases: A tough plant with few problems but can get spider mites during hot dry periods, and foliar nematodes in wet humid conditions.

Propagation: Division of the clump, autumn stem cuttings , transplanting of rooted stems.

Companion plants: Moss phlox in different colors planted together make a beautiful display.

Outstanding Selections: Many cultivars exist but variants are usually given a color for a name.

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