Sagina looks like a scratch-proof sponge, but feels so much softer. Both Sagina subulata (Irish Moss) and Sagina subulata Aurea (Scotch Moss) are covered in tiny, star-shaped white flowers in spring. They spread rapidly to form a carpet that looks especially nice against gray stone.
Scotch moss favors clay soil and has a yellow tint to the foliage. Irish Moss is less particular about the soil it's grown in. Both can be evergreen in warmer climates, where they also appreciate a bit more shade or they become unattractive until fall. Both dislike drought and the other extreme, wet feet.
- Height: Low ground level mat.
- USDA Zones: 4 - 9
- Initial Spacing: 12"
- Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Flower Color: White
- Foot Traffic: Almost as rugged as a grass.
- Drought Tolerant: No
- Deer Resistant: Yes
- Scented: No