Friday, November 4, 2011

Scotch Moss

Hardiness Zone 3B
This Scotch Moss grows among Black Rundle stepping stones by the pond in a partly shady garden with an eastern exposure in Red Deer, Alberta.   It has attractive tiny needle like leaves that begin as gold in the spring, turning lime green the rest of the year.  From mid spring to mid summer, tiny star flowers bloom at the ends of the stems.
As it spreads (about 12 inches), it hugs the ground and creates a dense ground cover.  It can be expected to live for about 10 years and does best in full sun to part shade with evenly moist conditions.