Selaginella erythropus – Indoor Plant

Selaginella erythropus - Indoor Plants

Selaginella erythropus is an attractive, low-growing, evergreen perennial that grows up to 30–40 cm tall. The foliage is dark green above, dark red under, mostly bi-pinnate. It has a bright reddish main stem which is described as rhizophores, a prop-like structure starting at the point of branching and forks out dichotomously. It is ideal for growing as in a small pot or hanging basket, terrarium design, or dish gardens.

Scientific classification

Family: Selaginellaceae
Genus: Selaginella
Species: S. erythropus
Scientific Name: Selaginella erythropus (Mart.) Spring
Synonyms: Lycopodium erythropus Mart.
Common Name: Red Spikemoss

Selaginella erythropus

How to care and grow Selaginella erythropus


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. Selaginella erythropus 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.


Selaginella erythropus 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

Last updated on June 29th, 2021

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