Phlox, Creeping Phlox, Moss Phlox 'Candy Stripe'

Phlox subulata

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)
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Alpines and Rock Gardens



Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Greenview, California

Huntington Beach, California

West Hills, California

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Fort Collins, Colorado

Wellington, 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

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Fargo, North Dakota

Dayton, Ohio

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Greeneville, Tennessee

Dallas, Texas

Thrall, Texas

Locust Dale, Virginia

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Port Orchard, Washington

Shelton, Washington

Skokomish, Washington

Spokane, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 16, 2017, stevekit from Johns Island, SC wrote:

does anybody know why our creeping phlox plants would be turning yellowish brown? They are in full sun and are watered daily. Too much water? Not enough water?



On Nov 24, 2015, sybilshappylife from Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

I have a phlox that Certified Plant Growers, Inc. calls "Grammy Pink and White" - no species designation provided on the tag. This is a candy-striped pink and white growing in a pot with some violas and an artemisia 'David's Choice' in zone 10b on November 24, 2015. It blooms in spring and fall, and its still fall here until after January. I don't understand the zone designation for phlox at all - not even Sunset knows what we're growing out here and mine is definitely not a drummondii.... Syb

Oops, I'm wrong. Contacted the grower and it is a drummondii, doing exactly what its supposed to when its supposed to. I'm sorry about the above. Syb


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


On Mar 22, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) 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.


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.


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.


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.