Mood Moss - Dicranum Scoparium - USDA Hardy Planting Zones 4-10 - Shady to full shade - when mature growth reaches 3 to 4 inches in thickness - spreading, sprawling low laying plant - Drought tolerant - Gardener Status: Beginner.
The dense, rich nature of mood moss along with its vividly bright green color makes it a standout choice in a number of arrangements. Maintenance for this lush plant is low as it requires minimal watering. Ideally, the moss should be kept moist when it is first established in a new location to allow for optimal growth. It can be sprayed lightly with water as needed to prevent it from becoming too dry over the course of a 6 month period. Once it takes hold the mood moss is remarkably resistant to drought and other arid temperaments. It is highly advised that the plant not be left in direct sunlight. It prefers an environment that provides natural light that is bright yet indirect. It will also flourish in shady areas at an optimal temperature between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Its trademark name "mood" is used to describe the changes in appearance the moss undergoes when exposed to different levels of humidity. It is noticeably irregular and wispy-looking when dry and more full and strongly curved when wet. The moss also takes hold very well to a variety of surfaces including soil, stone, and wood. This makes it the perfect plant for open-air terrariums, outdoor landscapes, indoor projects, rock gardens and much more. The mood moss is also known for being supportive and works well as a base for displaying exotic plants or housing reptiles in an enclosed terrarium. No matter the place or time of year, mood moss is a wonderful addition to any home or living space and looks great in both small and large quantities.