- Irish Moss-Sagina subulata Hardy Planting Zones- 4-8 Sun or Shade – Full Sun to Partial Shade Mature Height - 1-2" Mature Width- 12" Bloom Season – Late Spring-Summer Gardener Status- Beginner
Irish Moss-Sagina Subulata
Irish Moss is also known as Scot's moss and is a member of the Caryophyllaceae family. This plant is not a true moss and is either a herbaceous perennial or evergreen, depending on where it is growing. This plant produces lush emerald green foliage and is dotted with tiny white blooms. For best results, plant it in the late spring when the potential for frost has passed. In order to provide ample room for spread, it is best to space these plants 12 inches apart. Whil Irish moss needs moist soil to thrive, avoid soggy soil or over-watering to prevent root rot. It generally tolerates foot traffic well and has a moderate growth rate.
Home gardeners who are looking for an attractive ground cover would do well to consider this herbaceous perennial for their landscape setting. This beautiful groundcover spreads nicely around pavers and flower beds. It is also lovely when grown as a container plant and placed around porches or decks. Because this hardy plant is deer and wildlife resistant, this evergreen looks well kept and neat as a ground cover. It has a fairly low heat tolerance, making it best suited to areas of partial shade.
Moss has many different uses in and around the home landscape setting. It is relatively easy to maintain and does not require mowing in most growing areas. Home gardeners often find moss plants a good way to add a pop of deep, emerald green to their garden while filling in flower beds.
Because it is easy to maintain, gardeners can sit back and enjoy this nice addition to their yard or home garden.