- Haircap Moss-Polytrichum commune Hardy Planting Zones- 3-9 Sun or Shade – Partial Sun to Full Shade Mature Height - 2-6" Mature Width- 1-27" Bloom Season – n/a Gardener Status- Beginner
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Hair Cap Mosses - Polytrichum commune, Polytrichum juniperinum
Polytrichum moss is a genus of up to 70 different types of moss which are generally known to be taller and usually reach a height of two to eight inches. With its furry, lush and attractive appearance it can be used as a beautiful, yet practical addition to any garden. Moss can be used for patios as well as between the stone pavers on paths, adding an aged but natural look to the brickwork, while also it has potential to be used as ground cover. Some people are creating entire gardens focussed on moss, while others are using as a feature.
Moss lawns have also become increasingly popular with its low maintenance and drought resistant qualities and need 1 percent of water to maintain the lawn. Another unique use for this versatile plant is moss rooftops.
Polytrichum moss grows the best in moist soil is regularly wet and prefers partial shade, however, it can become in direct sunlight if it still receives the moisture it needs. It has a lifespan of up to five years and is an evergreen plant that grows quickly and requires little attention which is great for busy people. Polytrichum moss can be used as erosion control as it binds the roots tightly together which can in turn help to stabilize banks, reduce flooding which makes moss an incredibly useful tool.
Polytrichum moss grows quickly and does well in growing zones three through to nine, it prefers the soil to be slightly acidic or alkaline and flourishes where the soil is at a level of about 4.5 to 6.0. Moss roots don't bury deep into the soil, but the plants do prefer soil that is rich in iron. The planting zones of Polytrichum are typically where there are bogs, forest streams, and wetlands and are also found in several Pacific countries including Australia and New Zealand and can also be found in Mexico.
The gentle curving mounds of moss are used to give a calming effect to any garden landscape.