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Selaginella involvens

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Spikemoss (Selaginella involvens) at Meadows Farms Nurseries

Spikemoss foliage

Spikemoss foliage

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Spikemoss (Selaginella involvens) at Meadows Farms Nurseries



(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 inches

Spacing:  10 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  Arborvitae Fern, Clubmoss


A very attractive fern relative that has erect clumps of dark, evergreen, fan-like leaves that spiral along short stems; this plant resembles a small conifer; perfect for shaded moist areas

Ornamental Features

Spikemoss' attractive ferny leaves emerge coppery-bronze in spring, turning green in color the rest of the year on a plant with an upright spreading habit of growth.

Landscape Attributes

Spikemoss is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Spikemoss is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Spikemoss will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover 
Foliage Color  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features