- Carpet Moss Carpet Moss-Mnium hornum Hardy Planting Zones- N.America Sun or Shade – Full Shade Mature Height - 1"-2" Mature Width- groundcover Bloom Season – n/a Gardener Status- Beginner
Carpet Moss - Mnium hornum
Native to North America and Europe, carpet moss or mnium hornum is a rootless evergreen plant that thrives in many outdoor environments. It is found growing on the ground, on tree trunks, and in stream beds. A favorite plant for gardeners to use because it thrives in adverse weather conditions, carpet moss ranges in color seasonally.In the spring, it is golden green. As the plant ages, it becomes darker green in color. The texture appears velvety, and the end of the leaves are tapered with serrated margins. Mosses require a constant source of moisture which is why they grow low to the ground.Without roots, the plants cannot obtain water from deep within the soil. Instead, they receive moisture from the surface layer of dirt. This allows mosses to spread quickly in an area. Dark, moist environments such as forest beds are ideal for this variety of moss which thrives in humidity.Carpet moss is blanket-like in appearance which is why many gardeners use it in their gardens. It requires little upkeep aside from watering it regularly. The moss can be planted any time of year but needs to be watered several times a day initially to promote growth.Carpet Moss or Mnium hornum is a lush, green, ground covering plant that resembles carpet. Carpet Moss grows best on decaying wood in moist environments like older sections of forests or shade gardens. This moss is found in the eastern parts of the United States and Europe. It is a brilliant green in color. Carpet Moss is known to spread out once it has taken hold in a creeping fashion. It will slowly cover rocks, trees, and the ground which makes it a favorite for landscapers and gardeners alike. It gives a beautiful focal point to any landscape project like stonework or walls. Carpet Moss needs a stable base to grow on. They do well with fertile, well-drained, loamy soils and once it is established; can be used to hold the ground in place.