Frosty Fern, Club Moss, Spikemoss


Austin, United States

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Selaginella kraussiana

From reviewers in “davesgarden”:

Native to Madeira, the Azores, Canary Islands, and parts of Africa as noted on the plant tag.

This plant is actually a club moss; family Selaginellaceae. No flowers, reproduces by spores. From South Africa, it is grown as a houseplant in the North US, may be used outside in the South US. Also used as a groundcover in greenhouses.
I just purchased one today, will share growing info once I have more experience with it.

This is a national pest plant in New Zealand and is highly invasive. This species invades the forest floor, inhibiting the establishment of native plant seedlings and opening the way for succession by more aggressive weeds, especially vines.
It grows on the ground or in trees, and disperses widely and quickly, tolerating a wide range of conditions, including hot or cold and light to deep shade. However, it needs damp ground to survive.

From Wikipedia on Selaginella:

Selaginella is a genus of plants in the family Selaginellaceae, the spikemosses. Many workers still place the Selaginellales in the class Lycopodiopsida (often misconstructed as “Lycopsida”). This group of plants has for years been included in what, for convenience, was called “fern allies”. S. moellendorffii is an important model organism, and its genome was sequenced by the United States Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute.1

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