High Desert Plant Finder & Guide
Red Wings Moss Phlox
Phlox subulata 'Red Wings'
Red Wings Moss Phlox flowers
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 6 inches
Spacing: 20 inches
Hardiness Zone: 2
Other Names: Creeping Phlox
Magenta-red flowers with dark red centers cover needle-like foliage. Attracts butterflies. Cut back 50% after bloom for improved vigor and appearance.
Red Wings Moss Phlox is smothered in stunning lightly-scented crimson star-shaped flowers with dark red eyes at the ends of the stems from early to late spring. Its tiny needle-like leaves remain green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Red Wings Moss Phlox is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Red Wings Moss Phlox is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Red Wings Moss Phlox will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 20 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Please note: Our Plant Guide is all about plants that will work in the high desert. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a current list of plants in stock on hand at each location or at our farm. We purposely do not sell or ship plants via the internet. Plant questions and availability are best determined in-store.