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Hedwegia Moss-Hedwigia ciliata Hardy Planting Zones- all of North America Sun or Shade – Partial Sun Mature Height - 1-2" Mature Width- groundcover Bloom Season – n/a Gardener Status- Beginner

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Hedwigia Moss, Hedwidia Ciliata

Hedwigia Moss has a unique appearance that will add interest to any garden or landscape. It is characterized by long tendrils with dense, small leaves growing all around the stems. It is usually green with no blooms or other colors, but the tips of the leaves can be a white or translucent color. This color in the tips usually becomes more visible as the most ages. Hedwigia moss is an exciting plant as it can resemble a coral reef when fully grown.

Hedwigia moss grows best in full sun or partial shade and environments with plenty of moisture. However, it can survive better in sunny and dry environments than most other moss varieties. For this reason, it is often used on rooftop gardens or in dry climates with lots of sunshine. It is a fairly hardy plant that can thrive in rocky soil or fertile soil, making it an excellent choice for beginning gardens who want to add accent to a garden. This moss is often used as ground cover in gardens or agricultural projects. This ground cover protects the soil from erosion and excess weeds.

The widespread moss can be found in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania. In the United States, it grows well in northern regions and is more common in those states.

With how widespread Hedwigia Moss is, it has several other common names including Fringed Hoar Moss, Medusa Moss, White-tipped moss, ciliate hedwigia moss, Hedwig's fringeleaf moss, or its scientific name Hedwigia ciliata.

Hedwigia moss is a unique and unusual looking plant that is harder than typical moss varieties. It can survive in sunny and dry environments as well as both rich and rocky soil, so it is an excellent ground cover or new accent for both beginners and experts looking to improve their garden.


Hedwigia Moss is a brilliant green groundcover that is exceptionally eco-friendly with minimal fuss. Property owners frequently purchase this easy-growing moss for "green" roofs and sustainable landscapes. The plant also conserves water because it barely needs any to survive to remain green, and it also controls soil erosion and even cuts down on air pollution around a home or business.

This particular moss features two very different appearances, depending on natural climate changes. For example, Hedwigia Moss is recognized by its lovely dark green lushness and long tendrils in an unusual texture and growth when soils are moist. During dry periods, the moss turns fibrous and brittle, still featuring a unique and striking appeal. Not to worry, the plant bounces back quickly upon re-hydration.

The moss from the Hedwigiaceae family is dependable and versatile and not picky about where it lays its form. It will grace rocks, boulders, asphalt and wooded areas and will be amenable to various soils, including clay, sandy or well-drained. The plant is also sturdy and can tolerate foot traffic. The plant's hardiness zones have been classified as North America USA as well as zones 3 - 9.

The dreadlocks-looking moss has an almost magical thing about it, and its lightweight features are robust. High winds cannot budge the moss growing on a roof.

When planting Hedwigia Moss, nursery experts recommend keeping the colonies facing in the same direction and layering them like you were placing shingles on a roof. When adorning boulders and other hardscapes, it's advised to create a soil pie mud mixture to the crevice where you desire the moss to grow.

Full sun to full shade, the plant isn't choosy about where you settle it.

Hedwigia Moss is purchased as a bare-root plant and shipped according to square foot orders. Moss experts advise keeping the plant moist and outside until it is ready for putting down.