- Ground Fern Moss:
- Ground Fern Moss- Thuidium delicatulum Hardy Planting Zones 1-9 Sun or Shade- Shade/Partial Shade Mature Height- 4-5 feet Mature Width- 5-6 feet Bloom Season- all year Gardener Status- Beginner
Ground Moss - Bryophyta
Ground moss is a flowerless plant that grows in thick clumps in shady and moist areas. Moss does not have any seeds nor any flowers but makes a great addition to a dark portion of a garden where you would like some soft greenery that can be walked on. It's incredibly soft to the touch under your feet and creates beautiful sections of green on the grounds of trees and rocks. Ground moss is typically used for decorative purposes around flowers and trees but can also be used for peat. They provide excellent insulation to the ground and also have the ability to absorb water up to twenty times their weight. Many people fail to know that these plants, even though they do not like a flower, create a significant amount of carbon dioxide needed for the planet. Ground moss doesn't have traditional roots that most plants have; they hold themselves down using threadlike rhizoids. This plant is attractive in that it can survive and thrive on a large variety of places besides on the ground; they thrive on tree trunks, rocks, branches and can even be found on the cement in cities sometimes. Many plant growers around the world associate moss with providing peacefulness, stillness, and calm. It's beautiful and lovely in a Zen garden as well as other garden types. Up in the cloudy, damp Pacific Northwest, ground moss is sometimes used as a lawn. It covers areas with green at an even height, requires no mowing, less water than a traditional grass and mostly maintains itself. In the late 19th century there was a trend called mossy where they would grow large collections of moss on wood slats that were consistently watered. Whether you are looking for a plant you can walk and lounge on, something to cover a cement wall, building a Zen garden or whatever your desire may be, ground moss will add a lovely bright shade of green that requires very little assistance.