Selaginella kraussiana, a native of South Africa, is one of the most commonly grown Selaginellas. This small plant with creeping stems forms dense mats of green foliage up to 12 inches across.
Blooming Time: Selaginellas are allied with the ferns and do not produce flowers but 4-angled strobili in the leaf axils.
Culture: Selaginella kraussiana is one of the easiest of plants to grow. They require a well-drained, organically rich soil and shaded conditions. We use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 1 part loam to 1 part small pine bark. They like plenty of water and humidity, which makes them good terrarium subjects. They are also effective as groundcovers under greenhouse benches or for hanging baskets. They respond well to light fertilizer applications on a weekly basis during the growing season. Water should be restricted in the fall and winter, but the soil should never be allowed to dry.
Propagation: Selaginella kraussiana are propagated by stem cuttings and by division.
Selaginella kraussiana was featured as Plant of the Week September 14-20, 2001.
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