Phlox subulata Oakington Blue Eyes

Phlox subulata “Oakington Blue Eyes” – Moss Phlox

Five-petaled lilac flowers with neatly “pinked” tips completely cover this plant in spring.


This is spreading evergreen that forms a weed-supressing mat some 15 cm high. The Latin specific “subulata” means awl-shaped, which describes the leaves. “Phlox” come from the Greek word for flame.


It is native to the somewhat dry, rocky or sandy places, open woodland areas and slopes of central and eastern United States. Many cultivars of this plant are widely available, featuring flower colors of blue/purple, pink, red and white. Many have pretty markings at the base of the petals, such as the blue dashes that give Oakington Blue Eyes its name.

Soil / Aspect:

P. subulata is best grown in well-drained soils in full sun. Though they will survive fine in partial shade, flowering is best in full sun. Good soil drainage is important. Plants will self-seed in optimum growing conditions. In Karin’s Garden the growth is sufficiently dense to prevent any weed growth.


This is another very low maintenance plant. It can be trimmed after flowering to keep it to its allotted space, or simply left. Clumps may be lifted and pulled apart after 3-4 years.