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Care of the plant Phlox subulata or Creeping Phlox.

Care of the plant Phlox subulata or Creeping Phlox

The genus Phlox, family Polemoniaceae, comprises about 70 species of annual and perennial plants native to North America and northeast Asia. Some species are: Phlox subulata, Phlox divaricata, Phlox paniculata, Phlox drummondii, Phlox caespitosa.

Common names: Creeping Phlox, Mountain phlox, Moss phlox, Moss pink. This species is native to northeastern North America.

They are herbaceous plants with a covering habit and creeping stems that reach 15 cm (5.9") in height. The small, linear, pointed leaves are glossy dark green. The abundant and attractive flowers can be pink, white, blue, red or lilac. They bloom in spring and early summer.

These easy-to-grow plants are used on semi-shaded slopes, in rockeries, edging and in pots for balconies, patios and terraces.

Phlox subulata grows in full sun and semi-shade exposures and in temperate climates. They do not resist frost well.

They prefer well-drained soil that contains organic matter but will also thrive in poor, stony soil.

Water regularly so that the substrate maintains a little humidity. They do not resist intense drought.

Prune off wilted flower stems when flowering is over.

Fertilize with manure or compost in early spring.

They are plants quite resistant to the usual pests and diseases, but they can be attacked by snails and slugs that devour the new leaves.

They are easily propagated by division and by cuttings in fall or spring.

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Phlox subulata