Common haircap moss (Polytrichum commune)
Polytrichum commune is one of the tallest mosses and definitely has the tallest sporophytes, Haircap Moss provides erosion control solutions holding the soil tightly in place. Plants are a deep green with dramatic changes in appearance based upon moisture content. Leaves will tightly curl around the stem when dry and within a minute will unfurl with misting. Sporophytic setae start as bright green and transition through yellow, orange and red shades. The sporophytes reach 4” in height and last on the plant colonies for months. New Polytrichum plants will establish themselves naturally amongst other mosses. It grows in both sun and shade locations.
Mosses should be planted whole in a shady, densely-watered location.
This moss can be planted on land and in water.
Temperature: 65° – 77° F (18.3° – 25° C)
PH: 5.0 – 7.5
Lighting: Low to moderate
Planting Instructions – Spread the spores on the surface of a humus-rich sterilized soil and cover with plastic to retain moisture. For more detailed information please send me a message and I’ll provide you with links to a selection of excellent step by step instructions.