Phlox subulata, Moss Phlox, is a herbaceous perennial that grows in eastern and central United States. Moss Phlox has bright colored flower petals that have distinctive notches. The cultivars of moss phlox feature many different bright colors such as pink, blue, purple, and white. The foliage is linear or awl-shaped and a deep green color. It grows best in full sun and medium moisture, well-drained soils. Moss phlox grows extremely densely and quickly , and can be planted as a ground cover.
The bright colored flowers provide wonderful spring interest to your garden. They are one of the first plants in full bloom around the middle of March/beginning of April. ‘Scarlet Flame’ is one of my favorites to plant due to the hot pink color that attracts butterflies. – Jessie
Moss phlox is my go-to plant for tough, sunny spots where groundcover is needed for erosion control- it is very drought tolerant, once established. ~Jessica
In addition to the beautiful flower color of the ‘Scarlet Flame’, the foliage of Phlox subulata provides lovely, soft texture in landscapes. I enjoy incorporating it in my designs for this reason. ~Chrissie
I love moss phlox for sunny dry slopes where deer are an issue. It’s one of the first blooming native perennials in spring and comes in a variety of pinks, purples, blue and white. One 1gal pot has tripled in size in 3 seasons in my garden so it is a good spreading groundcover. ~Lauren