Carpet phlox is a semi-evergreen perennial flower with needle-like leaves that is native to the western United States. Carpet phlox is among the first plants to flower after snow has melted, and the small red flowers cover the entire plant, giving it a carpet-like appearance.
Carpet phlox is tolerant of many different growing conditions, and it is hardy in most of the United States. Gardeners often use it as a ground cover in difficult-to-mow areas or along the edge or top of a retaining wall. The plant benefits from an occasional shearing after flowering to stimulate growth. Many gardeners value phlox, as it attracts butterflies.