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Photo: Irish Moss

Photo: Irish Moss
Photo: Irish Moss

General description

An extremely popular groundcover plant, this forms a very low moss-like carpet of bright shamrock-green foliage. Tiny little white flowers begin to appear in late spring. Excellent for filling in between the cracks of flagstone paving, in the rock garden or as a lawn substitute. Dislikes both drought and soggy wet soils. Easily divided in early spring or fall, by ripping up the clump into smaller pieces. In hot, humid summer regions this sometimes melts out and becomes unattractive in mid summer, usually reviving in the fall. Not a good choice for full shade. Evergreen.

Appearance & Characteristics

Flower Colour 

  •   White

Blooming Time 

  •   Late Spring - Late Summer

Foliage Color 

  • Deep Green

Flower Head Size 

  •   Very Small

Spread 

  • 15-30 cm / 6-12 inches

Foot Traffic

  • Moderate 

Growth Rate

  • Medium

Maintenance

  • Care Level: Easy
  • Dislikes both drought and soggy wet soils.
  • Easily divided in early spring or fall, by ripping up the clump into smaller pieces.
  • In hot, humid summer regions this sometimes melts out and becomes unattractive in mid summer, usually reviving in the fall.
  • Not a good choice for full shade

Plant Uses & Characteristics

  • Accent: Good Texture/Form 
  • Alpine & Rock 
  • Containers 
  • Deer Resistant 
  • Edging 
  • Evergreen 
  • Ground Cover

Properties

Height
1 cm
Color
  •   
Soil type
Clay
Loam
Sand
Sunlight
Full sun
Partial shade
PH
Acid
Alkaline
Neutral
Moisture
Well-drained
Moist but well-drained
Hardiness
Hardy