Sphagnum Moss - Red


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 17 reviews
Real nice moss

I’ve ordered moss 3 times now and all have been great.

Wonderful red sphagnum moss!

I really liked the color of the red because it was so intense and dark. It's so pretty and nice. I recommend it!

Gene Seemer

A little on the pricey side but we'll worth it. The color is vibrant and beautiful.

David Ory
Not Worth the Price

I ordered 2 of these to cover a bog planter with established flytraps, pitchers and sundews. After 2 weeks it just looks dead. Most of it looks like dried sphagnum moss despite water soaks every 3 - 4 days and the planter constantly sitting in water.. Very disappointed. No instructions were sent with the order. For the price charged, instructions would have been included.

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.

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