Gemmiferous Spikemoss (Selaginella moellendorffii)

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Gemmiferous Spikemoss (Selaginella moellendorffii)

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The segments of this Chinese spikemoss tightly overlap one another in a feathery fanned out fashion reminiscent of the western red cedar native to the Pacific Northwest. The frond-like blades rise in an arching erect fashion from a creeping horizontal stem. The mature color is a dark green that becomes salmon-pink with cold or drought related stress. The best growing environment for this spikemoss is in dappled to full shade with ample moisture. It is an excellent colonizer near the edge of shady pools or on damp woodland pathways. I first saw this fern in the collection at NYBG on my first trip there in the early 80's. It was in nearly every pot they had from a Chinese expedition since the apical gemmae had liberally sprinkled themselves in nearly every pot. It graciously does the same in my temperate fern house and is often found from the floor to the trunks of the tree fern collection!

Frond Condition:  Evergreen
Mature Height:  6-12"
Origin: Western China
Cultural Requirements:  Partly Shaded, Full Shade, Evenly Moist
USDA Zones:  7, 8, 9, 10

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