Phlox subulata McDaniel's Cushion

Creeping Phlox, Moss Pinks

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Plant Code: PHMD

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Brilliant rose-pink flowers engulf the mat-forming evergreen foliage in spring. An RHS award-winning fragrant edger, it is also lovely when allowed to drape over a low stone wall or cascade down a slope.

Over time, Phlox McDaniel’s Cushion will continue to spread so give it plenty of elbow room. This lovely variety was a recipient of the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit. Phlox subulata is quickly becoming a popular perennial for green roof construction. Every year the benefits of “vegitecture” are used on new and old buildings. It reduces impervious surface areas, filters pollutants, lowers energy consumption and creates an pleasing environment for rooftops.


Type: Perennials
Height: Short 4"
Spacing: Plant 18" apart
Bloom Time: Late Spring to Early Summer
Sun-Shade: Full Sun
Zones: 3-9   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Sandy
Flower: Pink
Accent: Rose
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • For a Slope or Bank
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Deer Resistant
  • Hot Dry Site Tolerant
  • Edgers
  • Evergreen
  • Humidity Tolerant
  • Rabbit Resistant

Phlox General Information

Phlox subulata are low-growing, showy plants suitable for cascading over walls or down a slope. Spreads rapidly to cover any open sunny spot. In rich soil, as much as 2' across, completely covered with flowers in mid-spring. Prefers sandy soil. Idaho has restricted all potted plant material from being shipped into Idaho at this time.

Phlox Plant Care

No special care needed. Can be trimmed back after flowering to the low green foliage if lush new growth is needed. No need to prune in fall, clean-up winter damage in spring.