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PlantFiles: Canberra Grass, Two Flowered Knawel, Mossy Scabweed
Scleranthus biflorus

Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Scleranthus (skle-RAN-thus) (Info)
Species: biflorus (by-FLOR-us) (Info)

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Alpines and Rock Gardens

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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive derbeh On Aug 26, 2011, derbeh from Los Angeles, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

i'm able to grow irish moss in complete shade kept completely moist, but i planted this scleranthus in full sun and only water it a couple of times a week - this is in hollywood, and the plant is flourishing!

Positive Kell On Sep 14, 2005, Kell from Northern California, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Sometimes called AUSTRALIAN ASTROTURF, it really does feel like astroturf. It forms a dense mat and can spread 3 feet. Needs real good drainage.

Positive pokerboy On Jan 26, 2005, pokerboy from Canberra
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

A most beautiful moss that forms a lumped clump. Barely noticed white flowers appear throughout summer. Loves to spread over rocks. Perfect for moist rockeries. pokerboy.


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

Berkeley, California
Brentwood, California
Burlingame, California
Felton, California
Los Angeles, California
Montecito, California
Richmond, California

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