Crispy Irish Moss
As green as that famous Emerald Isle, Crispy Irish Moss is a vibrant groundcover that holds its rich color all year long. Its fine-textured leaves bring lively greenery to blank spaces even in the depths of winter. There’s nothing Crispy about it, either. The poorly named “Crispy” Moss is as soft and inviting as a plush carpet, and you’ll want to take your shoes off and wiggle your toes in it. Go ahead! It can handle some foot traffic. This sweet little creeper is perfect for planting in between stepping stones or along a pavestone path.
- Hardiness Zone: 4-7
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To a botanist, Crispy Irish Moss is very different from the mosses you find growing in the woods. However, the look both give to the landscape is similar. Irish Moss imparts a serene and welcoming feel to garden spaces and softens hard edges. This useful groundhugger is native to much of Europe and can be found in the wild from Iceland to Romania. It grows in situations where drainage is excellent but rain comes regularly. If you can replicate these conditions, you may want to grow it on a larger scale—maybe as a section of “lawn” that you never have to mow.
Crispy Irish Moss earns its keep with its foliage alone, but in late spring you’ll get a bonus when scores of miniscule, white, five-petalled blossoms spangle the foliage like stars in the night sky. You’ll know then that this is no ordinary moss. Irish Moss is actually in the Carnation family.
How to Grow
You may be able to grow Crispy Irish Moss in full sun if you live in a cool northern climate, but in most cases, you’ll want to shade it during the hottest part of the day. A need for regular water on one hand and excellent drainage on the other can make this Spirit a little fussy, so take the time to prepare the soil properly and irrigate during dry spells for best results. Another thing you may notice is that plants may mound up in the center, causing the roots to lose contact with the soil and brown spots to appear. Periodically step down lightly on plants that have raised themselves up to prevent this.
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