Gemmiferous Spikemoss
Selaginella moellendorffii

Family: Selaginellaceae
Genus: Selaginella (sell-lah-gi-NEL-uh) (Info)
Species: moellendorffii (mo-el-len-DOR-fee-eye) (Info)

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Groundcovers

Foliage Color:

Bronze-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From spores

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

El Cerrito, California

Raleigh, North Carolina

Cleveland, Ohio

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Apr 7, 2007, Cretaceous from El Sobrante, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Of all the Selaginella I have tried growing outdoors, this seems to be one of the hardiest. I have two of these planted between rocks on our front garden, and both seem to be (very slowly) growing.

If it has not rained, I spray them with filtered water in the morning so that they don't dry out. Other than that, I treat them just like my ferns.

This species is native to China and India.