Flora of the Southeastern United States
2022 Edition


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Phlox subulata Linnaeus. Moss Phlox, Mountain-pink. Phen: Mar-May. Hab: Dry and exposed rock outcrops, rocky flood-scoured riversides, dry woodlands over a wide variety of rocks, shale barrens. Dist: NY and OH south to w. NC and TN; escaped or naturalized more widely from horticultural use.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Syn: = Ar, Il, K4, Mi, Mo3, Pa, RAB, S, Tn, Va, W; > Phlox brittonii – S; > Phlox subulata ssp. australis – K1, Wherry (1955); > Phlox subulata ssp. brittonii – K1, K3, Pa, Wherry (1955); > Phlox subulata ssp. setacea – K3; > Phlox subulata ssp. subulata – K1, K3, NE, NY, Pa, Wherry (1955); > Phlox subulata var. australis – G; > Phlox subulata var. brittonii – F, WV; > Phlox subulata var. ciliata – G; > Phlox subulata var. setacea – C; > Phlox subulata var. subulata – C, F, WV

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