perennial

Braun's Spikemoss

Selaginella braunii

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Braun's Spikemoss (Selaginella braunii) at New Garden Landscaping & Nursery

Braun's Spikemoss

Braun's Spikemoss

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Height:  18 inches

Spacing:  20 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Other Names:  Arborvitae Fern, Clubmoss, Chinese Lace Fern

Description:

A very attractive fern relative that produces arching clumps of semi-evergreen, fan-like leaves that are deep green; this plant is perfect for shaded moist areas and containers

Ornamental Features

Braun's Spikemoss' attractive ferny leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Braun's Spikemoss is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Braun's Spikemoss is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Braun's Spikemoss will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 20 inches apart. 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 species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

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