Fern Moss

Fern Moss

Sun And Shade
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Under 3 Feet
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Planting Zones 5-9
Groundcover, Erosion, Landscaping
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Fern Moss (Thuidium delicatulum) is a Ground Covering Plant with a Fern-like Appearance

Fern Moss (Thuidium delecatulum)


Fern Moss: The fern moss plant, Thuidium delecatulum, is a ground cover plant that happily grows in almost any shade or semi-shaded spot in your garden. 


You may find others calling it delicate fern moss or common fern moss, but all refer to Thuidium delecatulum.


This North American native species is widespread in the United States and Europe. Its native habitat is shady woods and wetlands. It grows on rocks, logs, and stumps and in swampy areas--it is unfussy about having good soil quality.


It needs a little attention for the first few months after planting, especially if you experience a hot season or drought. But it becomes almost maintenance-free after it takes hold and starts to spread. 


Fern moss is a terrific ground cover plant, even in slow-draining or acidic soils around juniper or pine trees.


Fern Moss Is an Enchanting Ornamental Moss


Fern moss takes its name from its appearance. This moss has delicate, velvety frond-like leaves that look like tiny ferns. Upon closer inspection, the leaf texture has a peach fuzz coating that resembles tiny hairs. 


Although the fronds can grow up to four inches long, they lay over under their weight. That draping effect creates a lovely, dense mat that adds a pure earthy green to your garden bed.

Unlike some mossy species, fern moss also tolerates foot traffic.


Fern Moss Is a Very Tolerant Species


Once you plant fern moss, it requires very little care from you. Although it prefers moist to boggy living conditions, it can conversely tolerate short hot spells and drought.


If you have a location with poor drainage and heavy shade, fern moss would be an excellent plant to consider. While some plants don't like "wet feet," fern moss is just the opposite; it will happily grow in the wettest, shadiest yards.


How to Use Fern Moss in Your Garden


Success with fern moss is all about plant site selection--it wants a moist, shady location. If you give it the placement it requires, your work will be over.


Fern Moss thrives in moist, partial shade, and acidic soils. It also requires protection from prevailing winds. It is an excellent ground cover for moss gardens, shade gardens, mossy rock walls, and concrete or stone steps. It also adds a nice touch of green when you use it in hanging baskets and potted plants.


Order Fern Moss From TN Nursery


Please order your fern moss today if you have a heavily shaded, slow-draining spot in your yard. It will make a world of difference!

Fern Moss (Thuidium delicatulum) will Act as Living Mulch for your Water Happy Ferns



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  • 5
    Wonderful customer service

    Posted by Krista James on Oct 16, 2022

    I highly recommend this company. The customer service agent is outstanding. The person was able to help me with all my questions and concerns.

  • 5
    Fern Moss

    Posted by Adam on Oct 11, 2022

    I ordered 231 cubic inches of fern moss. It arrived shipped in a gallon ziplock bag that was stuffed pretty full. It was in excellent condition, and it has been planted around my backyard stream for several days no with no problems. TN Nursery did exactly what they said they would for the price they stated. I'm happy.

  • 5
    Fern Moss

    Posted by Richard Howell on Sep 02, 2022

    Product arrived in a timely fashion and in very good condition.

  • 5
    Beautiful Ground Cover

    Posted by Darlene Ison on Aug 30, 2022

    This moss looks beautiful with a few wood logs and rocks arranged around it. It arrived in great shape. I love it!

  • 5
    Always top quality

    Posted by Susan Shopland on Jun 24, 2022

    Like everything I’ve ordered from you before, the moss arrived quickly and in good condition. I have had it in place for only two days and it is greening up beautifully. Can’t wait to see it full grown!

  • 5
    Thudium Moss

    Posted by Randall on Dec 17, 2020

    Past customer. First order of Thudium Moss. As with previous moss orders from TN, shipped within stated time, well-packed, arrived healthy and green. Nice variation to combine with previous Hypnum and Ground Fern Moss. Great experience all around. Thanks, TN!

  • 5
    Thudium moss

    Posted by Juliana on Jul 01, 2020

    The sheets arrived showing nothing damaging from shipping, being bright green and ready for planting. Now planted, their vivid green shows that the sheets are settling into their new surroundings.

  • 5
    Thudium Moss

    Posted by Neil Boston on Aug 27, 2019

    The shipping was fast and the packaging was great.

  • 5
    Thudium Moss

    Posted by Cheryl White on Aug 21, 2019

    This stuff is growing well around the old logs that I have in my landscaping. Very satisfied.

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.

Shipping Dates

Ships November through April