Reindeer Moss

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Reindeer Moss Description

Reindeer Moss (Cladonia ringiferina)

Reindeer Moss Cladonia ringiferina is a species native to northern and eastern North America. 


Gardeners love this unique moss for its interesting texture and almost airy appearance. But more importantly, gardeners love how this resilient species can make itself comfortable in virtually any soil and climate. 


How resilient is Reindeer Moss? If you traveled to Alaska, you could even spot it on the Arctic Tundra, where water is too saline for most plants and frozen most of the year. Conversely, it grows through USDA growing zone 9 to the warmer temperatures in the driest parts of the south.


TN Nursery recommends this species for those who live in dry climates with limited access to water.


Reindeer Moss Is Ideal for Arid Environments


Do you live in an area with frequent water restrictions? If you love the look of moss but have limited ability to water it, Reindeer Moss may provide just the solution you need. 


Most mosses prefer a cool and moist climate. But Reindeer Moss is a xerophytic species. What does that mean? Xerophytic plants prefer arid climates and prefer a low-humidity environment. In fact, Cladonia ringiferina's density is best on dry sites, and its abundance decreases with increased moisture.


Live in a Challenging Growing Environment? Try Cladonia rangiferina


Reindeer moss grows in unexpected places, such as: 


  • From rocky outcroppings
  • In dead moss
  • From woody debris or dead trees
  • Arid, desert regions
  • Deep boreal forests.


Reindeer Moss Has a Lovely Appearance and an Alluring Texture


Reindeer Moss has an otherworldy appearance, with branching filaments resembling a reindeer's horns. Let's not stop the reindeer metaphor there. The colorful green stems give way to creamy white branches, giving those reindeer horn branches a snow-tipped look.


As the rootless plant develops, the branches' weight will appear like a mat that sprawls lazily across the ground.


This beautiful species can grow to about four inches in height and reach a diameter of about two feet.


Order Reindeer Moss From TN Nursery


If you want to conserve water but want a beautiful groundcover plant, order today, TN Nursery is here to help!


Buy Reindeer Moss Cladonia rangiferina online at Tn Nursery


Reviews (4)

  • 5

    Posted by William Homes on Jan 11, 2022

    They arrived healthy and the plants look great. Expected to See some reinder!

  • 5

    Posted by William Homes on Jan 11, 2022

    They arrived healthy and the plants look great. Expected to See some reinder!

  • 3

    Posted by Brian Price on Jan 09, 2022

    I tried to place order of this kind however I was informed that there are few left since some have been reserved. I was not able to place the exact number of my interest. Hope I can arrange another batch the soonest while i wait for my orders to come. Thank you TN nursery.

  • 5

    Posted by Brian on Jan 08, 2022

    A lucky day for me when i was able to procure on this lovely reindeer moss. A very low maintenance that basically creates a cool natural spot in my garden.

    Many thanks TN nursery for responding to my purchase.


Shipping Information

We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.

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