- Mood Moss - Dicranum Scoparium - USDA Hardy Planting Zones 4-10 - Shady to full shade - when mature growth reaches 3 to 4 inches in thickness - spreading, sprawling low laying plant - Drought tolerant - Gardener Status: Beginner.
Mood Moss, Everything You Need To Know
Mood Moss, also known somewhat less commonly by its scientific moniker of Dicranum scoparium, is a lush, verdant type of moss which is native primarily to North America, specifically around the land surrounding the Great Lakes. Though the Great Lakes region is where one will typically find this plant they can also be found in great numbers all throughout many regions in Europe, Asia, Australia and even New Zealand. Mood Moss thrives primarily in cool, dry forests and is very thick, tough and coarse looking with slick, hairy looking stems that can grow nearly a foot in height (though they usually stop growing around two to eight inches on average). The plant is extremely resilient to climate changes, like most other types of moss, and deploys a rhizoid root structure which is very similar to various different kinds of fungi, to obtain water and nutrients. Due to this peculiar root structure, Mood Moss can be found growing on a wide array of surfaces most other kinds of plants would balk at, such as on dry, hard wood constructs and stone, it will also, of course, grow in hard or soft soil as well. The most distinguishing feature of Mood Moss is its leaves, which are spear shaped and curve very sharply to one side, usually all moving in one direction along the clump. Botanical Name - Mood Moss - Dicranum scoparium Hardy Planting Zones - 4 - 10 Sun or shade - shade or part shade, grows poorly in direct sunlight though will require extra light if grown indoors. Mature Height - 2 in to 8 in (on rare occasions, slightly higher) Mature Width - highly variable; based primarily upon number of other moss clusters Bloom Season - All year