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SELAGINELLA pallescens

Image of Selaginella pallescens

Grandiflora

Family

Selaginellaceae

Botanical Name

SELAGINELLA pallescens

Plant Common Name

Arborvitae Fern, Spike Moss, Sweat Fern

General Description

Spikemoss or sweat fern is a low, tuft-forming, evergreen perennial native to Central Amercia, southern North America, and Cuba. Neither a fern nor a moss, it bears frond-like stems - resembling arborvitae foliage - that are light green above and silver underneath. It also sometimes produces stems terminating in spore-bearing "cones". Spikemoss thrives in moist, humus-rich soil and shade. It makes a good pot plant or ground cover for a shady, humid site.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 11

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    6"-8" / 15.2cm - 20.3cm

  • Width

    10"-15" / 25.4cm - 38.1cm

  • Native To

    North America, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Ample Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Groundcover, Houseplant, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes