Thursday, March 17, 2011

Irish Moss or Not.....Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

don't be fooled by the little plants of "Trailing Irish Moss" for sale around this most Irish of holidays, as it is not Irish Moss at all. Instead, it is a club moss (club mosses are grouped with a group of plants called Fern Allies, as they do not use seeds to reproduce, but spores) called Selaginella kraussiana. native to the Canary Islands, the Azores, and parts of central Africa, it is also on New Zealand's National Pest Plant Accord-a list of that country's invasive species of plants. I'm pretty sure this plant wouldn't even be able to live in Ireland.

however, it's still a nice little plant, especially in a little faux bois cachepot. green as they come,  i think this remains a nice Saint Patrick's Day decoration.

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