Spring Purple Moss Phlox
Phlox subulata 'Spring Purple'
Spring Purple Moss Phlox flowers
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Plant Height: 2 inches
Flower Height: 4 inches
Spacing: 10 inches
Hardiness Zone: 2a
Other Names: Creeping Phlox
This variety produces a showy display of deep pinkish-purple flowers smothering the plant in late spring; prune lightly after flowering to encourage a dense growth habit; wonderful for rock gardens, edging, or in mixed containers
Spring Purple Moss Phlox is smothered in stunning purple star-shaped flowers with pink overtones and gold eyes at the ends of the stems in late spring. Its tiny needle-like leaves remain forest green in color throughout the year.
Spring Purple Moss Phlox is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Spring Purple Moss Phlox is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Spring Purple Moss Phlox will grow to be only 2 inches tall at maturity extending to 4 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider covering it with a thick layer of mulch in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.