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PlantFiles: Club Moss
Selaginella kraussiana 'Frosty Fern'

Family: Selaginellaceae
Genus: Selaginella (sell-lah-gi-NEL-uh) (Info)
Species: kraussiana (krau-see-AY-nuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Frosty Fern

One vendor has this plant for sale.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Mosses and Liverworts

under 6 in. (15 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative Retsbew On May 12, 2011, Retsbew from Carterton
New Zealand wrote:

This is a national pest plant in New Zealand and is highly invasive. This species invades the forest floor, inhibiting the establishment of native plant seedlings and opening the way for succession by more aggressive weeds, especially vines.
It grows on the ground or in trees, and disperses widely and quickly, tolerating a wide range of conditions, including hot or cold and light to deep shade. However, it needs damp ground to survive.

Neutral forensicurator On Jan 29, 2011, forensicurator from Ann Arbor, MI wrote:

This plant is actually a club moss; family Selaginellaceae. No flowers, reproduces by spores. From South Africa, it is grown as a houseplant in the North US, may be used outside in the South US. Also used as a groundcover in greenhouses.
I just purchased one today, will share growing info once I have more experience with it.

Positive Snowrose On Jan 6, 2007, Snowrose from Frederick, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

Grow in medium diffused light and keep evenly moist.

Native to Madeira, the Azores, Canary Islands, and parts of Africa as noted on the plant tag.


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

Brea, California
Long Beach, California
San Francisco, California

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