Red Peacock Spikemoss (Selaginella tamariscina ‘Beni Kujaku’) is an attractive, herbaceous, evergreen perennial trunking clump to 4 inches tall and 8 inches wide. It has ferny leaves with red to maroon color in a cool climate. The leaves’ color is best after the new growth emerges in late spring. It is great for growing as in a small pot or hanging basket, terrarium design, or dish gardens.
Scientific Name: Selaginella tamariscina ‘Beni Kujaku’
Common Name: Red Peacock Spikemoss, Beni Kujaku Spikemoss.
How to grow and care Red Peacock Spikemoss (Selaginella tamariscina ‘Beni Kujaku’)
It thrives best in bright indirect light to partial shade. Avoid direct sunlight.
It grows best in a well-drained, peat moss-based potting mix with perlite.
Water your plant regularly during the growing season and always keep the soil evenly moist but never allow your plant to sit in water.
It prefers an average room temperature of 65°F – 75°F / 18°C – 24°C. Red Peacock Spikemoss doesn’t like it too cold or too hot, especially drafts. Keep this plant away from doorways and air vents.
Fertilize once a month during spring through fall with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half.
Prune it back in spring to keep this spreading plant under control. You can prune up to half of the plant if you need it.
Red Peacock Spikemoss can be easily propagated by division, stem cuttings, or by spores. Take stem tip cuttings in spring or summer. Simply give the stems contact with the soil and they will take root as they grow, forming a spreading mat.
Pests and Diseases
There is no serious pest or disease problems. Sometimes attacked by Mealy Bugs and spider mites.