Phlox subulata
moss phlox

Phlox subulata

Phlox subulata
Pholox subulata
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Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Phlox subulata
Common name: moss phlox
Group: dicot
Family: Polemoniaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: to 6", and 20" wide, growing in a prostrate mat
Foliage: linear or awl shaped (i.e. linear with slightly swollen base); leaves opposite
Flower: pink; sold as an ornamental in other shades such as red, lavendar, blue-purple or white
each petal notched at apex, five petaled
Flowering time: mid April to late May, often again in autumn
Habitat: rocky and sandy exposed banks
Range in New Jersey: throughout north Jersey, the Inner Coastal Plain, and Cape May county
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. Witmer Stone, 1910, says "This and Viola pedata lineariloba make a brilliant show between Moorestown and New Lisbon along the railroad banks in alternating beds of pink and blue."(657)
herbaceous when young, becoming more woody with age.