Taxon: Phlox subulata L.

Genus: Phlox
Section: Phlox
Family: Polemoniaceae
Subfamily: Polemonioideae
Nomen number: 314438
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:152. 1753
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 24-Jan-1989 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 17-Mar-2003
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 36 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

  • creeping phlox  (Source: Phlox) - English
  • moss phlox  (Source: Dict Gard) - English
  • moss-pink  (Source: Dict Gard) - English
  • mountain phlox  (Source: Dict Gard) - English
  • hana-tsumekusa  (Source: F Korea) - Japanese Rōmaji
  • mossflox  (Source: Kulturvaxtdatabas) - Swedish

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • Eastern Canada: Canada Ontario
    • Northeastern U.S.A.: United States Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

  • Naturalized



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