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Phlox subulata 'Emerald Pink'

Moss Phlox

Shiny green, needle-like foliage forms an evergreen mat that flows over anything in its path and serves as the backdrop for masses of bright pink flowers starting in late April. Perfect for massing in sun or part shade, it's a magnet for butterflies and native insects seeking its rich nectar.

Benefits

  • Great for the border edge or rock gardens
  • Loves full sun and drought tolerant
  • Rich nectar attracts native insects
  • Perfect for massing in colorful spring waves
  • Outstanding deer resistant groundcover
  • Easy to grow with shiny evergreen foliage

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prefers moist, humus-rich, well-drained soils in full sun. Best flowering is in full sun, but plants generally appreciate some dappled sun in the hot summers of the South. Good soil drainage is important.


Height
4-6 Inches

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Spread
18-24 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Native Range

Sandy, rocky soils from Maine to Minnesota south to Georgia and Louisiana

Native Trivia

There are approximately 150,000 different species of moths compared to only 15,000 for butterflies. Butterflies inhabit every continent except Antarctica, can lay up to 1000 eggs, usually live less than 1 year and can have a wingspan of up to 11"!

Good Companions
Sunset Strain Lewisia (Lewisia cotyledon)

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Deer Resistant
Ground cover
Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Bloom Time
Early Spring
Late Spring / Early Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Native Habitat
Grassland
Foliage Color
Dark Green
Uses
Border
Climbing, trailing
Drought tolerant
Edging
Erosion control
Evergreen
Fragrant
Mass plant
Naturalizes
Rock garden
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
Connecticut
Delaware
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Tennessee
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin