Moss Phlox (Subulata)

The Moss Phlox (Subulata) is generally described as a perennial subshrub or shrub or forb/herb. This is native to the U.S. (United States) has its most active growth period in the spring and summer and fall . The Moss Phlox (Subulata) has green foliage and inconspicuous purple flowers, with conspicuous fruits or seeds. Leaves are not retained year to year. The Moss Phlox (Subulata) has a moderate life span relative to most other plant species and a rapid growth rate.

The Moss Phlox (Subulata) is easily found in nurseries, garden stores and other plant dealers and distributors. It can be propagated by container, sprigs. Note that cold stratification is not required for seed germination and the plant cannot survive exposure to temperatures below -28°F. has low tolerance to drought and restricted water conditions.

Plant Basics
Category
Growth Rate Rapid
General Type Subshrub, Shrub, Forb/herb
Growth Period Spring, Summer, Fall
Growth Duration Perennial
Lifespan Moderate
Plant Nativity Native to U.S.
Commercial Availability Routinely Available
Physical Characteristics
Bloom Period Early Spring
Displays Fall Colors Yes
Shape/Growth Form Stoloniferous
Drought Tolerance Low
Shade Tolerance Intermediate
Height When Mature 0.5
Vegetative Spread Rapid
Flower Color Purple
Flower Conspicuousness Yes
Seed Spread Rate None
Gardening Characteristics
Propagations (Ways to Grow) Container, Sprigs
Moisture Requirements High
Cold Stratification Required No
Minimum Temperature -28
Soil Depth for Roots 8
Toxic to Nearby Plants No
Toxic to Livestock No
After-Harvest Regrowth Rate Slow
After-Harvest Resprout Ability No
Responds to Coppicing No
Growth Requirements
pH Range 5.7–7.5 pH
Precipitation Range 34–34 inches/yr
Planting Density 2700–19000 indiv./acre
Soil Textures Coarse, Fine, Medium
Soil Depth for Roots 8
Minimum Frost-Free Days 100 day(s)
Salinity Tolerance None
CaCO3 Tolerance Low
Sustainability & Use
Leaf Retention No
Palatability Low
Fire Resistant Yes
Causes Livestock Bloating None

Source: USDA, NRCS, PLANTS Database, plants.usda.gov.
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA