perennial

Golden Spikemoss

Selaginella kraussiana 'Aurea'

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Golden Spikemoss (Selaginella kraussiana 'Aurea') at New Garden Landscaping & Nursery

Golden Spikemoss foliage

Golden Spikemoss foliage

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Height:  6 inches

Spacing:  16 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  Arborvitae Fern, Clubmoss

Description:

A beautiful groundcover variety that forms a wide mat of chartreuse foliage flecked with green, creating very interesting contrasts in the garden; perfect for shaded moist areas

Ornamental Features

Golden Spikemoss' attractive ferny leaves remain chartreuse in color throughout the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Golden Spikemoss is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Golden Spikemoss is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Golden Spikemoss will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 16 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Foliage Color  Texture  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features