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Sagina subulata - Irish Moss
  • Sagina subulata forming a walkable pathway around rocks
  • Irish Moss planted between stepping stones along a pathway
  • Sagina subulata growing along the edge of a walkway with stairs
  • Irish Moss planted in a checkerboard pattern with Scottish Moss
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Sagina subulata - Irish Moss

Fine textured, moss-like evergreen shade groundcover only 1" tall thrives in moist spots!
Item: #SAGSU1Q
ZONE 4,5,6,7,8
As low as $12.19
  • 1" tall moss-like ground cover for shade
  • Spreads rapidly to form a soft, cushion-type mat
  • Perfect for edging pathways & between stepping stones
  • Thrives in a moist setting
  • Thrives in part shade
  • Height: 1" Spread: 18"
  • Ship size: Jumbo 1 Quart
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Sagina subulata - Irish Moss Description

Sagina subulata spreads rapidly to form a tight-matted carpet. This  moss-like shade groundcover reaches only 1" tall and 15+ wide.

The soft, cushiony green mat of Irish Moss is covered with 100's of tiny white flowers in spring.

This fast-growing shade ground cover is perfect for edging pathways, or planting in between stepping stones where it can tolerate foot traffic.

Plants grow best in partial shade with filtered sun, and benefit from watering during prolonged dry spells.

Great for planting at the base of hardy ferns, hostas, hydrangeas, hellebores, or shade plants.

Special features: Cold hardy, Deer resistant, Easy care, Fast growing, Tolerates foot traffic

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name:
    Sagina subulata
  • Common name:
    Irish Moss
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
    Shade-Part Shade
  • Delivery:
    See Schedule
  • Ship form:
    1 Quart
  • Soil type:
  • Soil moisture:
    Average, Moist
  • Height x width:
    1" x 15"
  • Flower color:
  • Foliage color:
  • Bloom season:
  • Uses:
    Alpine & rock, Container gardening, Edging, Ground cover, Naturalizing, Rock garden, Small spaces, Under planting
  • Cannot ship to:
    AK, HI
  • Patent #:None



Soil: Prefers evenly moist, compost-rich soil. Likes a lot of moisture, but not wet feet. Dislikes both drought and soggy wet soils.
Light: Best in shade that has some filtered sun - Not a good choice for full shade. This plant is happiest when it receives cool sunlight, NOT hot afternoon sun. May need to be protected from hot afternoon sun in the south. May turn brown during summer's hottest days, but greens up again as temperatures fall in autumn.
Water: Needs regular watering, but should not have soggy roots.
Spacing: 6"- 12"
Fertilizing: Annual early spring application of a slow-release fertilizer, or a general purpose garden fertilizer with a ratio such as 16-8-8. Use the fertilizer according to the directions on the label. Always water deeply immediately after applying fertilizer, as the fertilizer may burn the plant's roots.
Winterizing: For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new spring growth emerges.
Maintenance & pruning: Easily divided in early spring, or fall by ripping up the clump into smaller pieces. In hot, humid summer regions sometimes melts out, and becomes unattractive in mid summer, usually reviving in the fall.


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Asher D  |  Jan 24, 2018
I appreciate the sturdy packaging. I placed three orders from three separate online nurseries and Great Garden Plants was by far the best! The plants were more mature than the other nurseries and I believe the cardboard sleeves allow you to ship larger plants. I will definitely order from you again.