Such a cute and versatile groundcover! Moss phlox or creeping phlox is a vigorous, spreading, mat-forming, sun-loving phlox. Awl-shaped leaves retain some green in winter. Flowers have five, flat, petal-like, rounded lobes that are distinctively notched. Dense, low-growing foliage allegedly resembles moss, thus the common name.
‘Violet Pinwheels’ is a hybrid that behaves similarly to Phlox subulata. Slightly smaller flowers than other phlox cultivars with intensely colored violet-purple flowers that look like tiny pinwheels, especially with movement from the wind.
Best flowering is in full sun. Good drainage is essential. Plants grow well in sandy or gravely soils and tolerate hot, dry exposures better than most other species of phlox. To produce denser foliage and encourage rebloom, shear plant back and clean up any dead foliage in early summer after blooming. Divisions can be made every few years in summer.
Spread: 2-3 ft.
Bloom time: March to May
Sun: full sun
According to Rutgers University, Phlox sp. are “occasionally severely damaged” by deer.
photo credit: Walters Gardens, Inc.