Phlox stolonifera

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

Phlox stolonifera (creeping phlox or moss phlox) is an herbaceous, stoloniferous, perennial, plant that is native to woodlands in the vicinity of the Appalachian Mountains from Pennsylvania south to northern Georgia in the United States. Naturalized populations occur as far north as Québec, Canada.[1]

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

The 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, and those on the erect flowering stems are smaller, 2 cm (1 in) long.[2]

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