[Phlox: The Genus Phlox East of the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and Washington]

Moss Phlox, Musk Phlox

Phlox muscoides

Synonym: Phlox bryoides

Moss Phlox, Musk Phlox: Phlox muscoides (Synonym: Phlox bryoides)

Moss phlox on a gravelly, wind-swept bald atop the Hart Mountain ridgeline just north of the headwaters of the North Fork DeGarmo Canyon, Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge.......June 9, 2016. When seen as mounds of foliage, they do indeed look like a rock moss!

Moss Phlox, Musk Phlox: Phlox muscoides (Synonym: Phlox bryoides) - Close-up of Moss Phlox, Musk Phlox: Phlox muscoides (Synonym: Phlox bryoides)

Moss Phlox, Musk Phlox: Phlox muscoides (Synonym: Phlox bryoides)

Moss phlox on a gravelly, wind-swept bald atop the Hart Mountain ridgeline just north of the headwaters of the North Fork DeGarmo Canyon, Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge.......June 9, 2016.

Moss Phlox, Musk Phlox: Phlox muscoides (Synonym: Phlox bryoides) - Moss Phlox, Musk Phlox: Phlox muscoides (Synonym: Phlox bryoides) - Moss Phlox, Musk Phlox: Phlox muscoides (Synonym: Phlox bryoides)

Moss Phlox, Musk Phlox: Phlox muscoides (Synonym: Phlox bryoides) - Moss Phlox, Musk Phlox: Phlox muscoides (Synonym: Phlox bryoides)

Moss phlox blooming on a rocky bald at about 7400' along the Fremont National Recreation Trail #160 on the southeastern shoulder of Crook Peak, Fremont-Winema National Forest.......June 28, 2019.

Paul Slichter