Purple Beauty Moss Phlox (Phlox subulata 'Purple Beauty')
flox sub-yew-LAY-tah 'Purple Beauty'

Deciduous Perennial in the Polemoniaceae Family
 

About Moss Phloxes

Commonly known as Creeping Phlox, Phlox subulata creates a literal carpet of blooms every spring that will last for about six weeks and is, quite frankly, hard to compare to any other groundcover. Creeping phlox is minimally invasive, so it’s rather well-behaved and plays well with others (read: will fill in around plants without smothering them to death).

 

Put this showy spring perennial in full sun; along walkways, on steep slopes, and anywhere that could use an evergreen groundcover to really look filled out. When this plant is done blooming, it resembles a needly kind of moss, which makes it an attractive, reliable filler.

Pros

  • Dense, bright color for six weeks in spring
  • Minimally invasive
  • Many colors and varieties available
  • Evergreen ground cover
  • Can grow in most soil types

 

Cons

  • Very susceptible to powdery mildew, a fungal leaf disease
  • Requires full sun to bloom and thrive
  • Doesn’t like having wet feet

 

 

Plant Data

Mature Size 4 - 6 inches tall. 12 - 24 inches wide.
Growth Rate Moderate
Moisture Tolerance Dry - Medium
Zones 2a - 8b
Tags Adaptable, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Wildlife, Container, Deciduous, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Dry, Edging, Fast Growth Rate, Filler, Formal Garden, Good for Borders, Good for Butterfly Garden, Good for Cottage Garden, Good for Mass Planting, Good for Rain Garden, Good for Rock Garden, Groundcover, Low Maintenance, Medium, Nativar, Non-Allergenic, Normal Soil, Perennial, Prairie Garden, Rabbit Resistant, Reblooms, Showy Flowers, Tolerant of Clay Soil, Tolerant of Hot Dry Site, Tolerant of Loamy Soil, Tolerant of Moist Soil, Tolerant of Poor Soil, Tolerant of Salt, Tolerant of Sandy Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Bloom Period March to May
Flower Color
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Plants which are well-adapted to our local climate are most often field-grown (outside). Field-grown plants are generally cheaper and have the advantage of already somewhat acclimated to our cold winters, but that means they’re not artificially far along in the spring and tend to bloom at the normal time in our area.

Spring annuals and tender perennials are typically grown in Greenhouses so they can be ready and luxurious exactly when customers want them. Some perennials are also “forced” into early bloom in greenhouses. In May, there can be a very big difference between field-grown and greenhouse-grown plants of the same type. The latter typically look good right away (so they’re a great choice where that’s important), but we typically pay a premium for it.


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