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.

5 thoughts on “Peacock Moss Ground Cover

  1. Would you mind selling me currimgd of tour5pescock fern. How are you growing them this healthy and so much. Please let me buy some from you. Thank you.

    Jose Agatep
    Owner and designer
    The Slug And the Squirrel

  2. 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.

  3. I am loving your Facebook page and am gathering great ideas and insight on your gardening tips! Thank you SO much!

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