SELAGINELLA

FAMILY: Selaginellaceae

TYPE
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Partial Shade
  • Full Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9

Plant Details

Evergreen or semievergreen ground coversmosslike, beautiful, and easy to grow in humid, moist shade and slightly acid soils with lots of organic matter. Some of the many species form erect tufts of green often mistaken for ferns, but most spread very low to the ground, the sprawling stems rooting as they grow.

selaginella braunii

  • ARBORVITAE FERN.
  • From China.
  • Easy-to-grow, erect plant to 112 feet high, spreading widely.
  • Lower stems are undivided; upper, much-branched stems carry lacy dark green leaves.

club moss, trailing spikemoss

selaginella kraussiana

  • Native to tropical and southern Africa.
  • Creeping, trailing habit; grows 1 inches tall and spreads widely by rooting stems.
  • Bright green leaves.
  • Useful for hanging baskets.
  • Aurea has bright golden green foliage; 'Brownii' is especially dwarf, forming a 2 inches-tall cushion on the soil.
  • Variegata has bright green foliage splashed with cream.

resurrection plant

selaginella lepidophylla

  • Native from Arizona and Texas southward to Peru.
  • To 3 inches high, 6 inches wide; branched to base.
  • Dense tufts of dark green leaves.
  • Gets its common name from the fact that it curls into a ball when dry but opens flat when soaked in water.

dwarf cedar fern

selaginella pallescens

  • Native to North and Central America.
  • To 6 inches high, 1 feet wide; branched nearly to base.
  • Leaves are light yellow-green above, white beneath.

staunton's spikemoss

selaginella stauntoniana

  • From China.
  • Slowly spreading habit to at least 12 inches wide, with many 8 inches-tall stems rising from rhizomes.
  • Good in dryish woodland gardens.

peacock moss

selaginella uncinata

  • From China.
  • Creeping, trailing habit; 12 inches tall, spreading to 2ft.
  • across by rooting stems.
  • In filtered light, leaves are bright metallic blue-green.

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