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PlantFiles: Red Selaginella
Selaginella erythropus 'Sanguinea'

Family: Selaginellaceae
Genus: Selaginella (sell-lah-gi-NEL-uh) (Info)
Species: erythropus (er-ee-THROW-pus) (Info)
Cultivar: Sanguinea

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


under 6 in. (15 cm)

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USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
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)

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Grown for foliage

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1 positive
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral vossner On Feb 10, 2013, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Rating neutral as new for me. In the spikemoss family, selaginella is a very good plant to grow in terrariums, which is what I'm doing. Has a lovely red underside.

Neutral lind95 On May 3, 2012, lind95 from Eau Claire, WI wrote:

I purchased this lovely evergreen two years ago in Minnesota. It did quit well in the winter months. When I moved to zone 4, in Wisconsin I had no trouble with it until I exposed it to too much sunlight which eventually dried it out. I'm looking for another one but I'm having a very hard time finding it.

Neutral BayAreaTropics On Jan 5, 2009, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

Zone 6-9? Mine didn't take a moderate winter or mild summer of z10 Hayward ca,yet grew like weeds in a warm humid greenhouse before then.
Must be able to go dormant in colder climates and leave that dormancy in very hot and humid following summer areas is all I can think.

Positive mgarr On Jan 5, 2009, mgarr from Hanover Twp., PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I love the color on this club moss. The cooler you keep it the more red the foliage becomes. Even though this is listed as zones 6 to 9 I've brought mine inside for the winter.


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

Navarre, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Galveston, Texas
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

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