Hedwigia Moss – Hedwigia ciliata
Hedwigia moss grows through underground rhizoids, can reach up to a foot in growth, and forms mats with dense, erect leaves. It features dark green growth with clear, long tips and has a stringy appearance and distinctive capsules. When the hedwigia moss is dry, it appears brittle and fibrous and tends to pull its leaves tightly toward its central stem. As a result, the hedwigia moss loses its bushy appearance during this dry period of time. The fruiting parts of the moss are orange but are difficult to see as they are positioned deep under the moss' short stems and leaves. The hedwigia moss' natural habitat tends to be on dry, large boulders, in open wooded areas, in pastures or along roadsides. It is found all over the world. The hedwigia moss was named after Johannes Hedwig, who wrote a book in 1801 that is known as the starting point for moss nomenclature. Hedwig served as a professor of botany at the University of Leipzig in Germany. Hedwigia moss is asphalt-tolerant and grows easily on various soil types and rocks. Hedwigia moss can grow in full sun to full shade and thrives in sandy, clay or well-drained soils. It grows well in zones three to nine. Homeowners often select this moss for "green" roofs and sustainable landscapes. For gardeners, the hedwigia moss is easy to grow and maintain and requires no fertilizers. It can also help reduce air pollution near the home. Since they require very little water, hedwigia moss gives homeowners the benefits of a green landscape while conserving water as well. Hedwigia moss can help control erosion, successfully filter rainwater and serve as a carbon repository in any landscape. When moss arrives, it should be kept moist and outside until it is ready for installation.