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Phlox subulata

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above: cherry tree; below: Phlox subulata in an ornamental planting at Yachounomori Garden in Annaka, Gunma

Phlox subulata<ref>Template:GRIN</ref> (creeping phlox, moss phlox,<ref name=BSBI07>Template:Cite web</ref> moss pink, or mountain phlox) is a species of flowering plant in the family Polemoniaceae, native to eastern and central USA, and widely cultivated. Growing to Template:Convert high and covering a Template:Convert wide area, it is an evergreen perennial forming mats or cushions of hairy, linear leaves. The small, five-petaled flowers bloom in rose, mauve, blue, white, or pink in late spring to early summer.<ref name=RHSAZ>Template:Cite book</ref>

The Latin specific epithet subulata means awl- or needle-shaped.<ref name=RHSLG>Template:Cite book</ref>

The odor given off by the plants is mistaken for that of marijuana.<ref>Template:Cite news</ref>

Cultivation<ref>Phlox subulata at NC State University</ref><ref>Phloxsubulata at Ohio State University</ref>

  • Requires full sun and well-drained soil.
  • Hardiness zones: USDA zone 3 to 9

The cultivar 'McDaniel's Cushion' has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref><ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

Native American ethnobotany

The Mahuna use the plant internally for rheumatism. <ref>Romero, John Bruno, 1954, The Botanical Lore of the California Indians, New York. Vantage Press, Inc., page 59</ref>