Selaginella sanguinolenta is an attractive, slow-growing, cushion-like plant most valued for its diminutive soft textured wiry stems and tightly-held leaves, forming moss-like domes of greenery. It is ideal for growing as in a small pot or hanging basket, terrarium design, or dish gardens.
Scientific Name: Selaginella sanguinolenta
Synonyms: Selaginella sanguinolenta var. compressa, Selaginella borealis.
Common Name: Twiggy Spikemoss
How to grow and maintain Selaginella sanguinolenta:
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 sanguinolenta 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.
Twiggy 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.