Moss For Zone 11
Some moss. Mosses are very beautiful and intriguing. The scientific classification of moss. Mosses are species, and their study by botanists has revealed some fascinating facts about a plant that does not have flowers or seeds and roots that cling like parasitic organisms on trees, but moss is not a parasite as it does not take nourishment from the objects it attaches itself to like ground and rocks. The fascinating moss plants are less than an inch tall and have ribbed or straightforward leaves that engulf tiny almost imperceptible stems. One type of unusual moss plants are the Dawsonia mosses. They grow to 20 inches in height. There are 12,000 known types or species of moss. Most moss plants grow tightly together forming what appears to be green mats. They grow in shady areas that are damp or wet. Moss will make capsules full of spores at certain times held by thin stalks that protrude from the clump or mat of moss.
The life cycle of a moss plant is particularly interesting. The plant takes in water and food with its leaves. They create food in their leaf cells through photosynthesis using little sunlight. Moss does not hold or store water in its leaves. A moss reproduces using spores. When the spore-bearing capsule opens, spores fall into the communal clump or mat, and the spores get nourishment from the tiny moss roots. Growing a moss is simple since the plant has developed a method of growing food to spread and to reproduce that requires only surface moisture, air, and filtered sunlight. One knows a moss from another type of similar plant from its lack of significant roots. A moss has thin almost wiry looking roots that cling tenaciously to objects. Moss can be grown in many gardens with minimal effort and make excellent ground covers.