Can Irish Moss Handle Sun Between 9am and Noon?

just_me_6(WV 6 - West Virginia-Tri State)September 22, 2007

I want to put moss between my stepping stones but the stones get sun up until approximately noon. Can moss handle morning sun in West Virginia zone 6?

Also, can anyone recommend a good (cheap) source for me to get enough moss to get it started on my walk? I could go into the hills behind my house and scrape some moss off rocks and transplant it onto my walk but I don't know what kind of moss it is. Maybe it isn't a type of moss that could take some sun . . . . or can most mosses handle a bit of sun?

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Judy_B_ON(Ontario 5B)

Irish moss is a flowering perennial, not a true moss and can be purchased in garden centres. It takes sun just fine. Unless you own the land with the hills, it is illegal, unethical to remove moss. Likely it wouldn't survive scraping anyway.

Do you want Irish moss or true moss between the stones? True moss needs shade and moisture and will tolerate very little foot traffic; Irish moss takes sun, dry conditions and will tolerant moderate foot traffic. It is marketed along with various thymes and other small groundcovers as "Steppables" -- plants specifically selected for use between stepping stones. You would likely be better off with those plants. At this time of the year they can often be picked up half price at garden centres.

Here is a link that might be useful: Stepables

    Bookmark   September 23, 2007 at 1:23PM
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I lost my Irish moss to the drought though.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2007 at 3:51PM
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