The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Selaginella

Family: Selaginallaceae.

Selaginella martensii Common name(s): Creeping Moss
Selaginella Genus of about 700 species of evergreen, rhizomatous perennials found in a range of habitats, from semi-desert to rainforest, mostly in tropical regions, with some species in temperate and alpine zones. Selaginella, or Creeping Moss, was a Victorian favourite. These tender, spreading perennials are grown for their pretty, scale-like foliage. They can be used for edging greenhouse benches, covering pillars, planting in hanging baskets and decorating terrariums. Most of these plants are found wild in tropical America and Asia, but some come from China, Japan, North America, South Africa and Australia. S. martensii is a pretty plant that grows up to 9 inches high and wide. Its tiny, glossy green leaves are produced in thick, multi-branched sprays. S. kraussiana (Spreading Club Moss/Trailing Spike Moss) is a trailing plant that grows 1/2-inch high and has a limitless spread. Its tiny, bright green leaves overlap along jointed stems. This plant has a moss-like appearance. S. lepidophylla (Resurrection Plant) is a native of desert and semi-desert regions from Texas to South America. It is given its common name because of its habit of curling into a tight ball and turning brown when dry and opening out flat and turning green when water is again available.
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average warmth. Aminimum temperature is 40 F. Good indirect light is the proper location - an east- or north-facing windowsill is ideal. Grow in soil-based potting mix. Compost must be kept moist at all times and never allowd to dry out. Misting is necessary. The simplest way is to devide the plant in early spring. Sow spores at 70 F (21 C) as soon as ripe.
Selaginella apoda
Selaginella apoda
Selaginella kraussiana
Selaginella kraussiana
Selaginella lepidophylla
Selaginella lepidophylla

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