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PlantFiles: Creeping Phlox, Moss Phlox
Phlox subulata 'Candy Stripe'

Family: Polemoniaceae (po-le-moh-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phlox (floks) (Info)
Species: subulata (sub-yoo-LAH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Candy Stripe
Additional cultivar information: (aka Pinwheel)

8 vendors have this plant for sale.

12 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

under 6 in. (15 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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6 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Jun 2, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is my favorite moss phlox. The overall impression is of soft pink, but the striping gives the color extra vibrancy when seen from a distance.

Originally released as 'Tamanonagalei'.

As with all moss phlox, this is a tough, easy, adaptable plant. Looks good draping over the top of a retaining wall. Evergreen, but can look ragged in late winter before new growth begins.

Positive jazzy1okc On Jan 14, 2013, jazzy1okc from Oklahoma City, OK wrote:

I bought a dozen creeping phlox plants on sale in July, all of which I planted in well-drained beds along the front curb and along the driveway. I worried that these plants might not survive the heat, drought, and cold but all have done very well. This little beauty, however, began blooming around Thanksgiving and has bloomed off and on since then. It is now mid January and, in spite of some rather cold weather, and snow, it is blooming again!

Positive littlelamb On Jul 8, 2009, littlelamb from Virginia Beach, VA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a no problem plant for me. Give them room to grow though. I put 2 near the front of the garden, so I have to do alittle re-arranging in the Fall to give them more room. In the Spring, they put up a flush of flowers for a few weeks. Once the flowers fade, give it a trim and it'll remain evergreen for the remainder of the year (depending on location). A pretty easy beginner plant that can take heat, humidity, some drought and sun.

Positive alymid On Jul 2, 2008, alymid from Waukegan, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Love this plant!! I purchased it at the local Botanical Garden plant sale, and it has thrived in some pretty poor soil and sun. Every spring it lights up my front yard with its cheery flowers.

Positive alymid On Jul 12, 2007, alymid from Waukegan, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I bought two of these from the local botanical gardens last year - and WOW! this spring they just lit up my front border with a pile of adorable flowers.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 22, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

PHLOX SUBULATA Creeping Phlox - Candy Stripe - Short 4" - Plant 16" to 24" apart. zone 3-9 Moss Pinks. New glowing pink with white bands.

General Information:
Spreads rapidly to cover any open sunny spot. In rich soil, as much as 2' across, completely covered with flowers in mid-spring. Evergreen needle-like foliage. Prefers sandy soil. Deer resistant, good for hot dry spots, groundcover, best selection for coldest areas (zones 3 & 4), best selection for Gulf states: Zones 8,9, & 10.

Neutral Gabrielle On Oct 15, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Cut back to 3 inches in spring to encourage new growth. Blooms in April-May in my garden.

Positive flowercrazy39 On Aug 25, 2005, flowercrazy39 from Manchester, NH wrote:

Beautiful, easy to grow plant. Foliage is prickly to the touch but flowers profusely in late spring and lasts for weeks.

Neutral angele On Apr 1, 2005, angele wrote:

Bought a small plant and was sad to lose it. It was in a semi-shaded planter box and never really got established. Bought from a local discount store. Though this plant looked healthy I have found plants bought from this store rarely do well.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Greenview, California
West Hills, California
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Fort Collins, Colorado
Albers, Illinois
Granite City, Illinois
Quincy, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Waukegan, Illinois
Urbandale, Iowa
Dracut, Massachusetts
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Manchester, New Hampshire
Ballston Lake, New York
Smithtown, New York
Candler, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Fargo, North Dakota
Dayton, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Greeneville, Tennessee
Dallas, Texas
Locust Dale, Virginia
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Port Orchard, Washington
Shelton, Washington
Spokane, Washington

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