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Irish Moss – Sagina Subulata
Irish moss looks similar to moss, and most people swear it is a moss until it blooms. The blooms have small white flowers which other mosses do not. Moss plants do not have blooms. Moss is primitive plants that never contain a bloom. This moss is thick and dense. It has bright green leaves and stems. The white blooms are tiny and sporadically placed, but they are enough to cover the plant. This plant is an easy grower and is a good plant for a beginner. As this plant is growing it looks similar to a clump of algae growing or a mat. It needs the part sun to grow at its best. The soil preference is well drained. As the plant grows it can become overcrowded and start pushing parts of the plants upward, if this is unappealing the homeowner can cut this section out and mash down the plant even with the ground for a more uniform look.
The Irish moss looks good placed throughout a rock garden or an area that does not have a lot of other plants already growing. It can also grow out of cracks and areas that dry out easily. It can tolerate some foot traffic so planting this plant near where one is walking will not be a problem. Irish miss is considered a seaweed, so cold water is best for it, and it is often used in raw food diets. It has been used in Ireland, Asia, and North America for centuries.