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Sagina subulata

Common name Irish moss, pearlwort
Family caryophyllaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers white
Size 1"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed germinate at room temperature, do not cover seed

While it is not botanically a moss, this low-growing evergreen groundcover is soft and cushiony like its forest namesakes. The tiny white flowers are hard to notice without bending down. We have it in gaps in our flat-stone walkway, where they've been happily growing for years. They're not the perfect groundcover, since they allow weeds to grow up through them - but we peck 'm clean every once in a while. We've lost a few over the years - not sure if it's from drought, waterlogging, or old age. But luckily we still have a few good and healthy ones. I should really divide them and try to colonize a larger swath of our path with them.

Sagina subulata

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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