- Sheet Moss- Hypnum Hardy Zones- 3-11 Sun or Shade- Shade/Part Shade Mature Height- 6"-24" Mature Width- 4"-36" Bloom Season- Year round Gardener Status- Intermediate
Sheet Moss - Hypnum curvifolium
Sheet moss is an aptly named species of moss that, when matured, appears like a thick sheet or carpet over a surface less than an inch thick. Golden-green in color, this plant is a great groundcover that can make any outdoor area feel more natural and lived in, provided it's at least partially shady. Like most mosses, sheet moss can survive in just about any soil and can very easily be transplanted from one area to the other, though regular watering is required for the first three months or so as it takes root (this also applies for moss beginning to form on a surface made from a slurry). Additionally, it thrives best in compact clay soils with a higher pH. So long as the weather does not drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit and the climate remains a bit moist or humid, this plant should be able to grow just about anywhere, too.
Sheet moss, vibrant, lush-green and beautiful with all the versatile ways you can incorporate it into your environment; A low growing moss that thrives in shaded areas. Using it to give stone walkways an earthy feeling or creatively using it to feature an ornament on the kitchen table. The moss provides a rich green highlight to everything from a garden to original sculptures.
Some of the benefits you see when cultivating the moss are that it’s cheap, reasonably low maintenance requiring minimal water and sunlight. The best part, no matter what you decide to do with it, it’s going to look good in your yard or your house. Furthermore, moss usually will happily grow over almost any surface giving you the freedom to be creative with it. Quite directly, either from seeds or cuttings, plant it in a shaded area to keep it out of direct sunlight and then give the moss a light mist every now and again being careful not to drench it. Sheet moss is sensitive to water so if anything starts to go south on you try adjusting how much water you are giving the plant first. If you are still having any difficulty, it may be your soil. Moss can have a hard time developing in soils that contain high sand content and prefers loam, clay or richly amended soils.
Conclusively, few other plants can compete with the vibrant and intense green of sheet moss. Although, sheet moss and moss, in general, is relatively easy to come by and maintain it’s important to keep in mind that not all mosses are created equal and thrive under the same conditions. For that reason, if you are considering purchasing something other than sheet moss it may require then what was described above.
Sheet moss naturally grows in North American forests on tree trunks, rocks, logs, walls and a variety of other surfaces. In fact, it has been found on all continents except Antarctica. Moss is a type of plant known as a bryophyte. It has no real roots, seeds, fruits, or flowers. It is so widespread that it also has some familiar names such as carpet moss, rock moss, and feather moss. These names describe specific qualities of the moss. It is typically harvested in sheets because of its lateral, thick, and low growth habit. Sheet Moss prefers shady areas, but it will tolerate partial sun as long as it is not direct sunlight in the afternoon. The plant color ranges from a bright to a medium green to various shades of yellow. It tolerates light foot traffic, so it is useful for filling in spaces between pavers on walkways and in patios. This moss prefers to grow in slightly acidic loamy or sandy soil. It is also quite tolerant of pollution. In some regions such as the Pacific Northwest, mosses are encouraged to grow as a lawn cover which will do away with weekly mowings. To promote energy conservation mosses are used on green roofs since they have a reduced weight load compared to higher plants. The mosses are also utilized as hanging basket linings, like a terrarium soil covers, and even as packing material. Years ago the moss was used as fillings for mattresses and pillows, so it is associated with sleep. The genus name Hypnum comes from the Greek word Hypnos, the name of the Greek God Hypnos or sleep.