Phlox nivalis (loddiges ex Sweet)
Polenibuaceae (Phlox) Family
Photo courtesy Mike Carter, Pensacola, Fl
Plant is slender and trailing on woody stems, forming compact tufts that produce a ground cover of moss-like mats of pink to bluish flowers in the spring. Its preferred habitat is open fields, sandy places, rocky slopes and pinelands, often having sporatic distribution.
The leaves are needlelike to 1/2 inch long, placed opposite along the stem in closely set fashion.
The flowers are 3/4 inch wide; 5 petals that may or may not be notched; united into a tubular corolla with spreading lobes. There will be 5 stamens slightly protruding.
Various color forms of this species are vultivated, especially in rock gardens.