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Rock Cap Moss, Polytrichum Commune Is Exceptionally Tall For Its Species

The rock cap moss, also known as Dicranum scoparium in scientific terms, is an exceptionally tall moss species in high humidity and rainfall regions. Widely distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere and Oceania, it typically grows in clumps with broom mosses and other mosses. It is distinguishable by its leaves curve to one side. Rock cap moss can be found across North America (except Labrador, North Dakota, Texas, and Nevada), Europe, Asia, northern Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. This type of moss grows best when manually crumbled, and the manual breaking of the moss signifies it to start the growing process; it will also help the moss grow and spread out on the rock surface better. 

The rock cap moss is usually robust and coarse, forming shiny tufts with woolly stems two to eight cm high. The leaf midrib extends to the tip, with four ridges along its back; its leaves are three-pint-five to eight millimeters long, lance-shaped with a long, slender point, and strongly toothed along with the upper third. Most leaves fold and curve to one side, but other times they come off as waves. Capsules are two-point-five to three millimeters long, urn-shaped and curved. The moss capsules are held on mostly-erect stalks eighteen to thirty-five millimeters long, and the operculum, or the capsule lid, is usually longer than the capsule itself. As a bryophyte, the Dicranum scoparium has pluricellular rhizoids (root structure), which help with water absorption and anchor the plant to the ground.

Rock Cap Moss, Polytrichum Commune Is Known For Its Brilliant Emerald Hue, And It Spreads By Itself Even In Freezing Conditions

The rock cap moss is readily visible in the woods, quite literally capping the tops and sides of rocks or logs and stumps. It also colonizes thin, infertile, and dry soil. With its vivid emerald hue during the winter and spring, the rock cap moss naturally spreads all by itself, too. You can encourage this moss to self-spread if you have it already growing on a rock outcropping using an electric leaf blower at low speed to remove leaves and other detritus.

Then sprinkle little bits of the moss on the exposed rock to encourage colonization. Any weeds or small weed trees can be hand removed. The rock cap moss prefers thriving in full shade, so transplant it when leaves are already on the trees, as the sun can dry it off quite quickly. This plant grows atop rocks and boulders, so adopt it as a ground cover instead of grass for shady areas.

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