How to Grow Irish or Scotch Moss (Sagina Subulata)

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Irish or Scotch moss, also known as sagina subulata, is a beautiful ground cover that grows well in moist climates. Grow the sagina subulata, a plant that is green year-round, with instructions from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we are going to learn all about Irish Moss or Scotch Moss or Sagina. It's a beautiful ground cover that grows really well in really moist climates. So Sagina Subulata which is Irish Moss or Scotch Moss is native to Ireland and Scotland. And Scotland is just above England part of the United Kingdom, and then Ireland is an island that's just off of their coast. And so they like really wet cold mucky climates and they do really well where they get a lot of moisture. So this particular plant is Irish Moss, Sagina Subulata. And it's a dense compact green mossica mass with tiny white flowers in the summer and it's evergreen. It's green year round. So it does really well between paving blocks or other limited areas because it really will multiply. And it's also a great stepable plant as long as it's not heavy traffic, you can put it in between your stones in your pathway and it will grow really well. But it does need good soil, it loves compost and lots of drainage cause it still doesn't want to sit in water. And will do full sun to part shade but if you live in a warmer climate make sure and put it in shade because it does not like hot dry climates. It will dry right out. If you put it in shade and give it lots of moisture in a warmer climate you can still get it to survive. So Irish Moss or Scotch Moss is really easy to propagate. You can take just a little piece of it off of a clump and by a division and start a new group of it, or you can start it by seed in the fall is the best time because then it will have the wet winter to get established or you can start it, the seed in the spring as well as long as you keep it moist through the summer. Because they never want to dry out but they never want to sit in water. So the Sagina is a beautiful, beautiful ground cover that is a great addition to your garden.