- Mood Moss - Dicranum Scoparium - USDA Hardy Planting Zones 4-10 - Shady to full shade - when mature growth reaches 3 to 4 inches in thickness - spreading, sprawling low laying plant - Drought tolerant - Gardener Status: Beginner.
Mood Moss - Dicranum Scoparium
Mood Moss (Dicranum Scoparium) obtained its name because it is a type of moss that changes color with its moisture content. When moist, mood moss appears thick and fluffy with a velvet apperance. Mood moss is also commonly used in terraniums. It grows three to four inches in thickness and easily breaks apart. It grows as clumps and can live on soil, rocks or wood surfaces. Mood moss is most commonly used as a living mulch or an accent for plants or stones. It grows best in shade to very shady locations. Mood moss is found growing naturally in forests across most of the United States. When planting mood moss a gardner should be sure to clear the area of debris and weeds and make sure the soil is smooth. Wet the soil the moss is going to be growing on as well as the soil attached to the bottom of the moss. Firmly press moss to soil and water. Mood moss is a quickly spreading, low laying moss that will spread from soil onto nearby rocks. The first 4-12 weeks after planting, mood moss should receive three brief daily water sessions that last no more then 4 minutes each. To establish a sprawling moss a gardener should continue the same watering regime for the first year following the planting of the mood moss. Mood moss takes three to six months to become established and can become drought tolerant at that point. Mood Moss is a velvety thick and lush moss. It grows in clumps across the United States and Canada in soil, but also on logs, rocks and stumps. It gets its name for its distinctive appearance that will change depending on the moisture. When dry, it will appear delicate and fragile. When moist, its appearance is more fluffy and a soft texture. It has a brilliantly bright green color and a favorite for florists who use it as an accent in flower arrangements. Mood Moss is great for rock gardens, dish gardens, potted plants, ground cover for miniatures and fantastic for reptile cages.