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Rainbow Moss in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Selaginella Uncinata

 

Rainbow Moss

Selaginellas are not true ferns, but they do share many characteristic with ferns beyond their cosmetic appearance. They prefer to grow in moderate to deep shade, and to be planted in fertile, well composted soil with a high organic make up, they grow slowly, and do not bloom, and adapt well to being grown as houseplants, or on the porch or patio. There are many interesting Sellaginella cultivars, with Selaginella uncinata being one of the most popular and best known. This Sellaginella is commonly called Peacock Fern or Rainbow Moss because of the shimmery, irridescent, blue green and bronze red coloring of the unique lacy, fern like foliage.  The growth habit is slow, low growing and spreading, so it is a good choice for most any shaded spot that needs ground cover. It is also lovely as a potted plant or hanging basket, and is great choice for dish gardens and terrariums

 
plant Features
  • Rainbow Moss likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Rainbow Moss likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Rainbow Moss is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Rainbow Moss likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Rainbow Moss

Latin name

Selaginella Uncinata

type

evergreen perennial

family

Selaginellaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.3 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Rainbow Moss likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Rainbow Moss is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Rainbow Moss likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Rainbow Moss likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Rainbow Moss is 0.50meters x 0.30meters 0.50 M 0.30 M

Selaginella Uncinata

Selaginellas are not true ferns, but they do share many characteristic with ferns beyond their cosmetic appearance. They prefer to grow in moderate to deep shade, and to be planted in fertile, well composted soil with a high organic make up, they grow slowly, and do not bloom, and adapt well to being grown as houseplants, or on the porch or patio. There are many interesting Sellaginella cultivars, with Selaginella uncinata being one of the most popular and best known. This Sellaginella is commonly called Peacock Fern or Rainbow Moss because of the shimmery, irridescent, blue green and bronze red coloring of the unique lacy, fern like foliage.  The growth habit is slow, low growing and spreading, so it is a good choice for most any shaded spot that needs ground cover. It is also lovely as a potted plant or hanging basket, and is great choice for dish gardens and terrariums


Planting

From Early Spring TO Late Spring

In areas prone to frost, grow under glass in a mixture of two parts loam (John Innes No2) and one part leafmould. Place in bright, filtered light. In Winter months a minimum temperature of 5 deg.C is required. Water with tepid water - never cold water

 

Propagating by spores

From Late Summer TO Mid Autumn

Collect spores in the Autumn, when they are ripe, and sow spores under glass on top of compost, and place the pot or tray in a resealable polythene bag in bright light, at 21 deg.C. After 2-8 weeks the top of the compost should turn green, and prothallia should appear. Mist lightly to encourage fertilisation. After several more weeks the first fronds should appear. When the plants are about 2" high, pot into separate pots, but keep the humidity high by putting the pots in polythene bags

 
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