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Sagina subulata (Irish Moss)

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Sagina subulata (Irish Moss)

Sagina subulata (Irish Moss)

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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.
  • Spread:
  • 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
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