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Cushion Moss - Leucobryum
Cushion moss grows round to create pillows of soft green throughout a yard, forest, or terrarium. Typically light green, this moss has a silvery glow around it in most settings. It is used to line pathways to create a magical look in the backyard, or grown in clumps throughout the yard to bring life to shady areas under trees. It can make a lovely addition to the shade beneath a tree, and makes the perfect backdrop for a reading area or child's play area. Cushion moss also makes an excellent base for a bench, fountain, or statue in a shaded area. Cushion moss grows in hardy zones 6-10 and stays close to the ground at the height of three inches. When produced in a sheet across an entire area, the moss can improve upon itself to create a total height of three feet. For a lush, mature plant cushion moss should be grown in the shade or only partial sun to prevent drying out. This moss requires plenty of moisture to thrive. Cushion moss grows beautifully in acidic soil, clay, or sandy soil. This makes cushion moss a popular choice for gardens or yards with trees that create a lot of shade, or has otherwise unsuitable soil. Landscapers love using cushion moss to add color and life to an otherwise empty area of the land. It overgrows to cover an area entirely and requires almost no maintenance. While it is growing and taking root in a new area, it needs frequent watering, but after that point, it can survive on regular watering due to its placement in the shade. This easy to grow moss will give a soft, colorful cushion to bring life to the shady portions of your yard in no time.
Cushion moss looks similar to a pincushion or a chair cushion because it is rounded and soft. They grow the best in areas that have damp, wet soils or even if the air stays wet and moist. Moss gets their nutrients from the air. They can hold onto water and moisture through the tops of them versus the bottom roots.