Reindeer Moss Centerpiece

These tiny decorative mosses love shady locations. They can grow just about anywhere in your home or outdoors. All they need is to be moistened each day, and they will thrive no matter where you put them. Reindeer moss will remain neat looking inside any container you place it in and will make an excellent decorative piece on desks, shelves, as a centerpiece, and so much more.

What is Reindeer Moss?

This low-maintenance indoor decorative moss is a carpet-forming lichen that grows abundantly in harsh locations such as arctic and boreal regions in and around the circumpolar North. Its natural habitat is located in and around the North Pole region, where it gets its name. Its most outstanding characteristic is its highly cold-hardy nature. However, while it is well suited for and native to sub-arctic climates, it can grow well and be healthy almost anywhere.

A Plant with Many Uses

Traditionally, reindeer moss has been used in Scandinavia as a filler material for wood huts. Its widespread use is as a decorative indoor and outdoor plant. Most recently, in 2014, students at Lund University in Sweden discovered the unique sound-dampening properties of Reindeer moss. As a result of their research, it is now used in homes, offices, and sound studios for its ability to reduce noise.

Decorative Uses in Your Home

Use reindeer moss in nearly any container and place them wherever your home could use a little extra natural beauty. Use them in small decorative pots on bookshelves as spacers and as bookends. Anywhere you place them, these plants are bound to attract attention and serve as a lovely conversation piece.

Decorative Reindeer Moss Use Suggestions

  • Use reindeer moss arrangements as a centerpiece on a dining room table, or coffee table
  • Use reindeer moss on runner tables in hallways
  • Place them on a bedside table to oxygenate the air in your sleeping area
  • Combine your reindeer moss with stones, crystals, or shells for added ambiance
  • Place reindeer moss in long bread dishes
  • Use river wood as a container for an eye-catching naturalistic effect
  • Add reindeer moss around the base of other potted plants
  • Use it as a receptacle for decorative flowers
  • Arrange reindeer moss with cacti, succulents, and other hearty plants
  • Use preserved moss as a decorative cover for pottery or sculpture

Interesting Facts About Reindeer Moss

  • These plants provide a variety of chemicals that repel herbivores, making them an excellent way to protect other nearby plants.
  • These and similar lichens are believed to cover as much as 6% of the Earth's surface.
  • In the right conditions, your lichens can grow to cover immense areas.
  • Reindeer moss is one of the favorite foods of wild reindeer, which is where it gets its name. Caribou and moose also love to snack on these hearty and plentiful lichens.
Reindeer Moss - TN Nursery

Reindeer Moss

Reindeer Moss is a grayish-white lichen often found in arctic and subarctic regions. It provides essential forage for reindeer and caribou. Reindeer moss is a unique and versatile organism that offers several benefits when utilized in landscaping projects. Its distinctive appearance and hardy nature make it a popular choice for enhancing outdoor spaces in creative and sustainable ways. The Beauty of Reindeer Moss Reindeer Moss is a hearty organism known for its unusual color and elegant appearance. Known for its unique shape, this light-colored fruticose organism grows on forest floors and rocky landscapes in subarctic and arctic regions. Despite the name, this organism is not a plant—Lichen forms from the symbiotic relationship between algae and fungi. Gardeners can bring a touch of this lichen's magic to their gardens and landscaping. It gets its name from its unique shape. The lichen's shape resembles a reindeer's antlers. This organism consists of a base known as a squamule. Squamules are scaly green structures that spread along the ground. They are soft to the touch. On the tips of the lichen's branching stems, brown knobs produce spores. As the lichen grows, it forms soft, tight clusters. It can grow up to three inches high. Colors of Reindeer Moss Gardeners can find this lichen in a variety of shades. Bright gray varieties are reminiscent of this beautiful lichen's arctic origin. Other available colors include white, cream, yellow-gray, and yellow-green. Adding Reindeer Moss to Your Landscaping It can add depth to any landscaping project. The lichen creates a variety of stunning colors and textures. When it is wet, it feels soft and spongy. The green base appears bold and vibrant. As the lichen dries, the texture changes to brittle and scaly. Reindeer Moss's distinctive form and texture add graphic interest to indoor and outdoor spaces. The lichen can make urban projects like green roofs and living walls more visually appealing. Rock gardens can benefit from the lichen's soft and spongy texture. This organism contrasts with rock and gravel hardscaping. This element of softness complements the peaceful environment of Zen gardens and meditation spaces. It can add interest to indoor spaces. The lichen's compact size makes it appropriate for small indoor projects like terrariums. It is a stunning addition to any space, from ground cover to gardens. This unique organism gives indoor and outdoor environments an element of texture and color.

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