Sagina subulata Aurea Description
One of our favorite moss-like ground covers for the shade to part shade garden! This yellow foliage version of Irish Moss quickly grows to form a mat just 1" tall and 15" wide.
The soft, cushiony, yellow mat is covered with 100's of tiny white flowers in spring.
This fast-growing shade ground cover is perfect for edging pathways, and planting in between stepping stones.
Plants grow best in part shade or filtered sun, and benefit from watering during prolonged dry spells.
Great for planting at the base of hardy ferns, hostas, hydrangeas, hellebores, & other shade plants.
Special features: Cold hardy, Deer resistant, Easy care, Fast growing, Tolerates foot traffic
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- Botanical name:
Sagina subulata 'Aurea'
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1" x 15"
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Alpine & rock, Container gardening, Edging, Ground cover, Naturalizing, Rock garden, Small spaces, Under planting
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Soil: Prefers evenly moist, compost-rich soil. Likes a lot of moisture, but not wet feet. Dislikes both drought and soggy wet soils.
Light: Full sun to part 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 application of fertilizer in early spring 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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