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Genus: C

Calamagrostis
reed grass
Calla
water calla; wild calla
Callicladium
(moss)
Caltha
marsh marigold; cowslip
Campanula
bluebells of Scotland; harebell
Campsis
trumpet creeper; trumpet vine
Camptosorus
walking fern
Carex
sedge
Cassia
Senna
Ceanothus
New Jersey tea; red root;wild snowball
Celastrus
Cephalanthus
buttonbush
Cerastium
Chickweed
Ceratostigma
hardy plumbago
Cercis
eastern redbud tree
Chamaedaphne
cassandra; leatherleaf
Chamaemelum
Chamomile
Chasmanthium
northern sea oats
Cheilanthes
hairy lipfern
Chelone
Lyon's turtlehead; red turtlehead; turtle-head
Chionanthus
fringetree
Chrysanthemum
ox-eye daisy; white daisy
Chrysogonum
golden star
Chrysopsis
Golden aster
Cladonia
reindeer moss
Clethra
summersweet; sweet pepperbush
Climacium
tree moss, umbrella moss
Convallaria
lily-of-the-valley; pink-flowered lily-of-the-valley
Coptis
cankerroot; goldthread
Coreopsis
tickseed; stiff coreopsis
Cornus
Asian flowering dogwood; bunchberry; flowering dogwood; kousa dogwood; pagoda dogwood; alternate-leaved dogwood
Cymbopogon
citronella grass; lemon grass
Cyperus
umbrella sedge
Cystopteris
berry fern; brittle fern; bulbet bladder fern; fragile fern

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Catalog as of January 02, 2016

Cladonia

A genus of lichens which includes some of the more conspicuous and well-known species.

species evgrn peren • ht 6" • zones 3?-8?

reindeer moss


moss, native, rock garden, sun - part shade
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Not a moss, but actually a lichen, reindeer moss is among the showiest of the group known as filigree lichens. For their size, the creamy-white plants are among the most distinctive of our native plants. Slow-growing and long-lived, the delicately and intricately branched plants can develop into nicely rounded mounds about 6" in height and 12" in diameter. In color and form, the plants are reminiscent of certain types of coral. Their appearance is the same at any time of the year.

Reindeer moss occurs naturally here in poor, sandy soil, in partial shade to nearly full sun. George Schenk states in Moss Gardening that reindeer moss can be readily cultivated even on rocks if given a small pocket of soil in which to establish. In dry weather the plants become hard and crisp; when moisture returns they quickly become soft and pliant again.

We have not yet been able to identify this species, which is native here, but we will continue to try. Its range of cultivation is uncertain. Similar species of Cladonia occur from the Arctic to at least as far south as Florida. It is likely that this species is adapted to the range of zones indicated, and perhaps beyond.

cat # 0A0G
$12.95 each