Some Mosses can Thrive in Partial Sun Though typically thought of as a shade plant, there are some Moss for Sun, at least partial sun. Moss is one of the oldest plants on earth. Moss filters the air and rainfall. It can provide dimension and contours when planted in the garden. Though generally low-maintenance once established, moss should clear of any leaves and twigs that might smoother it. Clearing can be done with an electric blower. Reindeer Moss, (Cladonia Rangifernia) is often called Lichen Moss and Caribou Moss. It is native to the Artic, where it is widely eaten by reindeer and caribou. It is actually a lichen. It is grayish green in color, which makes for a great accent. Reindeer moss can survive for a long period without water. They simply go dormant, and the begin to grow again when conditions are right. Sheet Moss (Hypnum), one of the most common mosses. It's OK with partial sun, but not direct afternoon sun. It transplants well, although it requires regular watering or misting for the first several months. Moss is ideal for indoor planting, or for including in an aquarium or terrarium.