Sphagnum Moss - Red

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Ease to Grow: Easy
Dormancy: Recommended
Native Range: Northern Peat Bogs
Zones: 3-9 (2-10)

Red Sphagnum Moss, Sphagnum sp., or the Small Red Peat Moss, is a beautiful and unusual dark red form of Sphagnum. Color can vary from salmon pink to maroon, almost black. These clones are from maroon (dark red) selections. It grows in the same conditions as the typical form, tolerating less acidity and more light. It tends to form tight, carpet-like mounds or clumps resembling red cauliflower. The short stems have sweeping, outward-curving branches that resemble small tresses. The intensity of color seems to favor bright, cooler conditions. The darkest red displays are in Winter. Turns to green in the shade.

Like other Sphagnum Mosses, Red Sphagnum Moss is a primitive bryophyte like ferns and clubmosses. Unlike more common forms of lawn or woodland moss, Sphagnum Moss is larger, and requires very damp growing conditions. It prefers the open, heathy areas of the bog, often in areas with limestone bedrock. It is a shorter, slower growing Sphagnum, and does well with all but the smaller CPs. It spreads nicely, and can be divided into smaller plugs to plant a larger area. Though Red Sphagnum Moss has no roots, it benefits from planting in a loose CP soil mix. It is winter hardy. Keep very moist and water with rain/distilled water.

This is living Red Sphagnum Moss. A portion is 1 measuring cup full, enough to cover a 4" pot.

Photographs are representative of the species, and not the specific plant shipped.

Height: 1" - 4+"
Plant Type: Perennial, cold temperate
Soil: Lower Bog Mix
Soil pH: 5-7
Light: Full to Partial Sun
Use: Top dressing or soil mix for carnivorous plants. Terrariums. Amphibians.

Customer Reviews

Based on 13 reviews
Eric MacDonald
Looks good!

The moss arrived in good condition, and has since been doing well. It was more of a mixture of red, green and gold (although this matches the written description), but it's quite attractive. I planted it in a large planter along with some other sphagnum and bog plants. It seems to have taken to its new environment and is beginning to expand.

Christy King
Arrived in great shape

Sphagnum was well packaged and has been growing well. I split it among 3 outdoor mini bogs and also have a bit growing in a bin on its own inside while I make sure the outdoor ones will be okay.

Sphagnum Moss - Red

I am putting together a carnivorous plant terrarium and wanted live sphagnum moss so this was perfect and added interest by being red. It was packaged well and shipped safely. It seemed a little pricey, but I think that's because it grows/propagates slowly--anyway, I feel it was worth the price. I've had it a week or two now and it is clearly alive and beginning to grow more. It's a cool companion for carnivorous plants.


Healthy, happy, and thriving in my home!

Kim Morrison
Very Nice Moss

The moss arrived very healthy. It is a beautiful red. Thank you.

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