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Purple Beauty Moss Phlox

Phlox subulata 'Purple Beauty'

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Purple Beauty Moss Phlox (Phlox subulata 'Purple Beauty') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Phlox subulata 'Purple Beauty' flowers

Phlox subulata 'Purple Beauty' flowers

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Height:  4 inches

Spacing:  15 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Other Names:  Creeping Phlox

Description:

This variety produces a showy display of bright purple flowers with a dark purple center; prune lightly after flowering to encourage a dense growth habit; wonderful for rock gardens, edging, or in mixed containers;

Ornamental Features

Purple Beauty Moss Phlox is smothered in stunning purple star-shaped flowers with deep purple eyes at the ends of the stems from early to late spring. Its tiny needle-like leaves remain forest green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Purple Beauty Moss Phlox is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Purple Beauty Moss Phlox is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Purple Beauty Moss Phlox will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider covering it with a thick layer of mulch in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Flowers  Texture 
Ornamental Features