- Common Tree Apron Moss - Anomodon attenuatus Hardy Planting Zones- 2-7 Sun or Shade – Full Shade Mature Height - 1" - 2' (if supported by a tree) Mature Width- Varied Bloom Season – Year round Gardener Status- Beginner
Climacium Moss is much more than a Lushious Groundcover
Climacium moss (Limacium americanum americanum) is often referred to as American tree moss because a careful examination of its structure makes many people think of trees. Its brown primary stems consist of fibrous rhizoid-like filaments. The central stem sends off reddish-brown to brown secondary stems that can grow up from 0.75 inches to two inches tall. Each secondary stem then sends off tertiary stems that are between 0.25 and 1.25 inches long.
The tertiary stems are covered in green leaves that become darker with age. In wet conditions, the leaves may appear to be almost black. These leaves vary in size from 0.05 inches to 0.1 inches long. They surround the tertiary and secondary stems. They will grow from both sides of the tertiary stem and are incredibly prolific in wet conditions.
This moss likes to grow in damp conditions. While it can tolerate extremely wet conditions, these conditions usually cause this upright moss to topple over. The plant prefers to grow in rocky or clay soil. The individual plants will clump together until they appear to be one large plant looking like a cluster on rocks or dead trees. It prefers shady to partly shady conditions.
This plant has male and female species. The female species produce reddish-brown seed spores that ripen in the fall.
Many people plant climacium moss between large rocks in their landscaping. Over a period, this moss will spread upon the stone giving it a beautiful natural covering. Keep in mind that this moss may only grow from 0.5 inches to 2.5 inches a year. Many artisans love to include a pinch of it in natural looking craft projects, and it is often a favorite plant to include in terrariums where it will cover the ground between different specimen plants.
Climacium Moss is easily identified once it's spotted. It's most distinguished feather is that it looks like small evergreen trees. When placed together with several plants the moss is often described as a forest of mini trees. From the base of the of the plant that looks like a tree trunk, to the mid-section with branches growing out from each of its sides. If you spot a cluster of small trees growing together on the forest floor, you can be sure that the plant is a type of Climacium. The moss is found located in various areas throughout the Northern Hemisphere.
As is typical for most types of moss, Climacium is tolerable and easily adaptable to wet, dark areas and will thrive if located near water. High humidity and low lighting can be the essential ingredients you need to grow your successful crop of the moss to add a splash of green throughout your landscaping.
As an aid in gardening, there are many excellent arguments for using tree moss. Climacium can grow easily almost anywhere because of its lack of a root system. It is an It can be a fun, enjoyable crop for a gardener. It does well if used in soil that is rocky or less than an idea, requires very little water to grow, and also works as a defense against erosion. Animals are not drawn to eat around an area that contains tree moss so there's a chance that using it can help with an animal pest problem.
One of the benefits of working with moss is that it can take a space that other plants might not be able to thrive in, but over time, will make it and fill it with a healthy area of luscious rooted green, healthy vegetation.