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Ruby Red Spikemoss Ground Cover Fern Plant


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Ruby Red Spikemoss or Selaginella erythropus Sanguinea is a wonderfully interesting plant. Despite it's delicate and tropical fern-like appearance, it is actually very tough, easy to grow, quite cold hardy and not a fern at all.

Selaginellas are not true ferns, but they do share many characteristic with ferns beyond their cosmetic appearance. They prefer to grow in moderate to deep shade, and to be planted in fertile, well composted soil with a high organic make up, they grow slowly, and do not bloom, and adapt well to being grown as houseplants, or on the porch or patio.

There are many interesting Spikemoss cultivars, with the Ruby Red being one of the most popular and interesting. The underside of the lacy frond is a brilliant shade of blood red that contrasts nicely with the olive to bronze green shade of the topside.  The growth habit is slow, low growing and spreading, so it is a good choice for most any shaded spot that needs ground cover. It is also lovely as a potted plant or hanging basket.

Available Size:  4 Inch Pots - Mature, well rooted starter size plants, growing and shipped in a 4 inch plastic pot.


Botanical Name Selaginella erythropus Sanguinea
Common Name Ruby Red Spikemoss
Plant Family Selaginellaceae
Mature Size 4 to 6 inches x 3 ft.
Bloom Color None
Bloom Form None
Bloom Time None
Zone 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Fragrance No
Key Features Showy color, slow growth, cold tolerance
Suggested Uses Ground cover, pots, baskets, terrerariums
Grower Notes Not a true fern

In addition to the interesting color and unique texture, perhaps the best feature of Ruby Spikemoss is it's exceptional cold hardiness, making it possible to bring in a bit of the exotic, lush look of tropical plants to landscapes in Zones 6, 7 and 8 without the work and worry that is typically needed to successfully grow tropicals outside their recommended Zone range.

Sellaginellas or Spikemosses are evergreen to Zone 8 to 7B, and can be over wintered outdoors even in  Zone 6 when well established and acclimated. It will go fully dormant and rest through the winter and resprout in the Spring.  Hpwever. young plants should be protected from freezing until very well established.

Sellaginellas can be successfully transplanted directly into the landscape from the 4 inch pot size, with a few cautions. In Zones 6,7, and 8 either wait until Spring to order, or transplant into 6 inch pots and wait until the danger of frost and freeze has passed before setting out.

Selaginellas can also be grown as a potted plants indefinitely.

  • Plant in fertile well draining, slightly acidic soil with a high organic make up

  • Locate in medium shade or indoors.

  • Maintaining consistent soil moisture is essential.

  • Feed a good quality, slow release fertilize with the initial planting and once yearly in the Spring after the plant breaks dormancy there after.

  • Supplement with a water soluble plant food in between regular annual feeding.

  • Protect from freezing until well established.

  • Model: SAL-SPM-RR-4
  • Shipping Weight: 2lbs
  • 9 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Emerald Goddess Gardens

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