Peacock Moss Ground Cover

peacock moss

Peacock moss on a little island bed with three Japanese maples, some blue carex, and a few bulbs, planted through a grit mulch.

Aptly named, Peacock Moss is a frothy, fern-like, blue-green iridescent ground cover for shade. Mine is on a little island bed with three Japanese maples, some blue carex, and a few bulbs, planted through a grit mulch. Once established, she thrives on neglect while choking out the weed seedlings. The storms of winter will flatten her, and by early spring I am removing old foliage with my fingers, kinda like brushing the hair of a fuzzy dog. But none of that today. I just stand back and admire this little show off.

peacock moss

Peacock Moss is a frothy, fern-like, blue-green iridescent ground cover for shade.

Mike Rushing

Mike and Paula Rushing have been gardening in St. Clair county since 1990, and In Forest Park since 2007. A Jefferson County Master Gardener and course instructor at Master Gardening classes, Mike also volunteers weekly at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

3 thoughts on “Peacock Moss Ground Cover

  1. Peacock Moss ground cover may be the perfect solution for one area of my yard. Do you know of a source in Birmingham where you can purchase it?

    Thank you for sharing all of your gardening knowledge with us!

    • Hanna’s Garden Shop shows they have Selaginella. Peacock Moss is S. uncinata. I would call and see if that is the one they have. It is going to be one of those plants you might have to order, or have a lucky find.

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