Fairy Garden Moss Information Preserved moss for enchanted spaces

Preserved moss is commonly used in fairy gardens due to its everlasting quality, range of colours, availability and whimsical appearance. It doesn’t require water or soil, yet it can turn a dull space into a vibrant, lush oasis!

Preserved moss is magical stuff, but what exactly is it and where does it come from?

What is preserved moss?

Preserved moss is real, harvested moss. It undergoes a special preservation process that retains its texture, quality and colour. Our moss is ethically and sustainably sourced from moss farms.

It is maintenence-free, requiring no water or soil and perfect for enhancing the landscape of fairy gardens, terrariums and interior green projects.

Our fairy garden moss kits contain three types of preserved moss

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Reindeer Moss

Reindeer moss is type of lichen, a fascinating unification of two species (fungus and algae) that is native to the nordic forests.
Its natural colour is a greyish-white and grows in expansive, segmented mats up to 10cm tall.
The name Reindeer Moss comes from both its appearance and purpose. As it grows, delicate branch like tips appear that resemble reindeer horns. It also accounts for up to 90% of the winter diet for reindeer and caribou in the arctic region.

Fun fact: Reindeer moss cannot survive in polluted regions and it is used as an indicator species to assess the cleanliness and quality of the air.

Spanish Moss

Spanish moss has swirly tendrils that are silvery grey and tend to mat together.
Technically, it’s not a moss. It’s a bromeliad which goes by the fancy name of Tillandsia usneoides and is native to the Americas. Spanish moss thrives in humid, shady areas and generally lives on tree branches where it can catch the breeze.

Fun fact: Not only is it not a moss, but it’s not spanish either! Apparently, the native Americans told French explorers that it was called “itla-okla” meaning tree hair. The French likened it to the Spanish conquistadors’ long beards, calling it Barbe Espagnol, and the Spanish took exception to this so the fired back by calling itCabello Francés, or “French Hair.” The French won this epic battle and it’s now commonly known as Spanish Moss.

Sheet Moss

Sheet moss has a consistant, flat appearance, dense texture. It’s a low-growing type of carpet moss and has a natural green marbled colour.
It grows all around the world, thriving in shaded areas with damp soil and its fancy name is Hypnum Cupresiforme.

Fun fact: Long ago, sheet moss was used as a mattress filling and pillow covering. The hypnum part of its fancy name is a play on the Greek work hypno, meaning sleep. In the middle ages, people covered stone slabs with moss upon which they slept with fires and bedclothes for warmth. Birds line their nests with it and animals hibernate under it so its name is particularly apt!

Frequently Asked Questions

spanish moss usage

Create snuggly nests for baby fairies, gnomes and dragons with spanish moss

Soften your scene with patches of sheet moss on rocks and logs

sheet moss usage example
reindeer moss usage example

Reindeer moss adds colour, texture and vibrance to a container garden

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