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The Irish Moss, or Carrageen Moss, is a species of red algae that grows in Europe and North America. The colors vary from a greenish-yellow, through red, to a dark purple or purplish brown. The moss usually grows up to 20 cm in length. The branches are 2-15 mm broad dark red bleaching to yellow in sunlight and look like a fan.
Iris moss is not a moss, one will argue that it is until they seen the small white blooms that it produces. Moss plants do not have blooms, moss plants stay green. The Irish moss can grow dense and has a bright green stem as well as leaves. The blooms may be small, but they will soon look as if they are covering the plant. A beginning homeowner can have no trouble growing this moss as it needs little effort. It grows in a mat appearance. Over time, the plant will start getting scraggly and can be trimmed down or pushed down even with the soil for a better look.
This moss prefers to grow in a medium well drained soil and needs full sun to partial sun to grow at its best. One can use this moss to plant around a rock garden, natural area or to plant in an open area that they are trying to cover. Anywhere that there is a little dirt for this plant to take root of this moss will grow. It is a fast grower and over time can fill a small area with lush greenness. This moss is also known as Arenaria Verna or Scotch moss. If a homeowner would like to regrow this moss they can cut out a small area and press it down in the soil and roots will take place. It is easy to transplant.