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Scotch Moss Sagina subulata 'Aurea'

Phonetic Spelling
sa-GEE-nuh sub-yoo-LAH-tuh
Description

Yellow Scotch Moss is a low growing soft herbaceous perennial groundcover that requires little maintenance.  Its evergreen moss-like neon-yellow carpet of foliage is great for filling in between pavers, in rock gardens, or along a path.  Light foot traffic is tolerated.  

Unlike true moss that grows in moist, shady conditions, this plant does best in full sun to part shade and requires good drainage. 

True moss does not flower.  Yellow Scotch Moss has tiny star-shaped flowers that are solitary.  Rounded green buds open to form the 5-petaled flower.  

This is an easy plant to divide, just tear apart a clump into smaller pieces.  The best time for division is early spring or fall.  Self-seeding can occur, however, unwanted growth is easily removed.  

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  May not be the best choice for areas that are subject to hot and humid conditions.  It may become unattractive until temperatures and humidity become more tolerable.  It does not do well under drought conditions.

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#evergreen#white flowers#container plant#easy to grow#low maintenance#spring flowers#mass planting#edging#herbaceous#deer resistant#groundcover#rock gardens#lush#border front#pathways
 
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#evergreen#white flowers#container plant#easy to grow#low maintenance#spring flowers#mass planting#edging#herbaceous#deer resistant#groundcover#rock gardens#lush#border front#pathways
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Sagina
    Species:
    subulata
    Family:
    Caryophyllaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Western and Central Europe
    Play Value:
    Defines Paths
    Easy to Grow
    Textural
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    An oblong capsule with tiny, smooth triangular seeds. They may self-sow.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Tiny, white transulsent flowers add interest in the spring.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Soft
    Leaf Shape:
    Subulate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Chartreuse green
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Thin, creeping stems.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Patio
    Slope/Bank
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Fairy Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting