Hypnum imponens

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Plant types and subtypes:

Light Requirements: part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid

Height: 1"-3"

Leaf Color: green, lime-green, yellow

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: evergreen, fall interest, mat-forming, winter interest

Hypnum imponens

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Description

Hypnum imponens

Also known as:

feather moss

,

brocade moss

,

pellucid plait-moss

Scientific Synonyms:

Hypnum cupressiforme var. imponens

Description

Hypnum imponens is a very attractive and elegant sheet-forming moss. Individual shoots are pinnate (in the shape of a feather), with reddish stems, and leaves that can vary in color from yellow to deep green, depending on the amount of light they receive; the more light, the brighter the color. Colonies can form dense mats up to 3" thick.

Cultivation

Typically found growing on rotting logs, or rocky surfaces, Hypnum imponens prefers consistent moisture and well-drained, acidic soil with a pH of 5.5 It does not do well in soggy, wet soil, and will tolerate moderate dry spells. Proper pH levels, and drainage, can be achieved by putting down a layer of peat moss before installing the moss. When transplanting sheets, use pins to ensure good contact with the soil. Mats can also be broken up into smaller pieces, and spaced. This moss will quickly fill in the gaps. Like most mosses, it cannot survive being smothered by leaf litter, and should be kept clear during fall and winter.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom
Superdivision
Division Bryophyta Mosses
Class Bryopsida True mosses
Subclass Bryidae
Order Hypnales
Family Hypnaceae
Genus Hypnum hypnum moss
Species Hypnum imponens feather moss