Sagina Subulata or ‘Irish Moss’
The widely used Sagina Subulata aurea is a popular evergreen ground cover plant suitable for rockeries and for growing between pavers in pots etc. It is also known as ‘Heath Pearlwort’ and it can be used as lawn substitute, although with heavy traffic this would be a problem. White flowers in spring are an added attraction and the lime green foliage is attractive year round.
It grows like a moss and will form a little mound over time reaching a few cms tall. Excellent between and around pavers where traffic is light.
Sagina Subulata is a hardy plant and even reasonably drought tolerant once established, however it does require some protection form the hot afternoon sun in Australian conditions. In mid summer it can look a little raggedy, however it will revive itself in autumn.
Not suited to areas where dogs roam free, and not the best in deep shade. It can be propagated by division of established clumps.
Sagina Subulata or ‘Irish Moss’ is readily available from retail nurseries and grden centers.