This is Phlox pungens. Picture taken today.
It is not a particularly pleasant thing to weed around, or even to touch. Not a cushion phlox. More of a wanderer. Flowers white.
"Perennial forming loose mats, 5cm or less high .....leaves very stiff and pungent, mostly lanceolate or lance-linear. 4-8mm long, 1-1.5 (2mm) wide, pubescent. often glandular, ciliate, punctate, the margins and dorsal midrib strongly thickened, gradually tapering into a sharp terminal bristle..."). (From Dorn's Vascular Plants of Wyoming, 1988.)
It's in a trough, with the
It's in a trough, with the similarly wandering Penstemon thompsoniae, and I've never seen a rabbit hop onto the trough and start grazing. They do do that, here.
They started doing that here
They started doing that here too a few years ago, unfortunately... had no idea how lucky I'd been to that point!
Penstemon thompsoniae looks like another little charmer.
It's variety jaegeriana, I
It's variety jaegeriana, I think. Purple flowers instead of the usual blue.
Looks like it should be reasonably able to discourage grazers.