Moss (Selaginella spp.)

Moss Plant Features

Moss is a hot look for designing with plants, both indoors and out. While there are many types of moss, selaginella varieties are among the best houseplants. Those slow-growing, small indoor plants add lots of texture with their beautiful leaves --- and some add color, too!

Mosses are perfect for humid kitchens and bathrooms, as well as terrariums. They can also serve as excellent groundcovers to pair with or grow with or beneath larger moisture-loving houseplants. 

Moss Questions?
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Moss Growing Instructions

Most moss varieties tolerate low light well. In fact, they do not like much, if any direct sun -- especially in hot-summer climates. Protect mosses from harsh light with a sheer curtain if you grow them in a sunny windowsill.

Mosses typically like moist soil, so water them regularly to prevent them from drying out. Don't let more than the top inch or so of the potting mix become dry to the touch. These indoor plants also like high humidity, so keep them in a humid atmosphere such as a terrarium. 

Mosses typically don't require fertilization. In fact, too much fertilizer can easily burn their roots. 

Note: Moss varieties are not intended for animal or human consumption. 
  • Water

    Constantly moist soil

  • Light

    Indoors: Low light

  • Colors



  • Special Features

    Purifies the air

Complement your Moss

Grow beautiful mosses with lovely tropical plants such as calathea for a fun Zen look.

Nerve Plant
Nerve plant is plenty colorful, but looks even better when grown in a bed of rich green moss.

Our favorite varieties

Golden Moss

Golden Moss

Selaginella kraussiana 'Aurea'

This slow-growing tropical houseplant likes humid air and rewards you with a brilliant show of bright golden-yellow foliage.

Rainbow Moss

Rainbow Moss

Selaginella uncinata

Also called peacock moss, rainbow moss is so-called because its metallic blue-green foliage is accented with beautiful shades of copper, orange, and bronze.

Asian Spikemoss

Asian Spikemoss

Selaginella plana

Asian spikemoss has a lush texture and soft, ferny-looking foliage. It loves moist soil and can be grown in soggy soil.

Sweat Plant

Sweat Plant

Selaginella emmeliana

Sweat plant has a more upright form than many other Selaginella species. It has earned its common name from the way moisture can bead up on the plant, making it appear as if it was sweating.