Phlox stolonifera

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Phlox stolonifera
Creeping Phlox Phlox stolonifera Flowers 3008px.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Polemoniaceae
Genus: Phlox
Species: P. stolonifera
Binomial name
Phlox stolonifera
Sims 1802

Phlox stolonifera (creeping phlox or moss phlox) is a herbaceous perennial plant spreading by stolons, native to woodland in and near the Appalachian Mountains from Pennsylvania south to northern Georgia. There are naturalized populations as far north as Québec.[1]

Flowers are pale purple, pink, or white, 2–2.5 cm (0.79–0.98 in) across, with a five-lobed corolla and yellow stamens, borne on stems 15–25 cm (6–10 in) tall. They lack the central band of color that is present in Phlox subulata.[2]

Leaves are ovate. Those on creeping stems are 3–4.5 cm (1.2–1.8 in) long and 1.8 cm (0.71 in) broad, those on the erect flowering stems smaller, 2 cm (1 in) long.[2]

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