Phlox subulata 'Marjorie'

Moss phlox

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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photo by Martin Hughes-Jones, copyright GAP Photos (203550)

Plant details

A classic summer-flowering rock garden plant, this forms low, dense mauve-pink flowering carpets that will cover the ground or trail over the edge of a dwarf wall or raised bed, rather like an upmarket aubretia. Unlike many rock plants, it is both evergreen and tolerates light dappled shade, so it can be used as ground cover around dwarf conifers or under miniature shrubs such as Salix lanata. It is also good grown above clumps of dwarf bulbs, since the foliage of the phlox helps to hide the bulb leaves while they die down.

Family: Polemoniaceae

Genus: Phlox

Species: subulata

Cultivar: Marjorie

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 10cm

Spread: 50cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

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