Irish Moss Growing Information and Photos

When we bought the plant it was labeled as "Irish Moss" - but to me it appeaers to be a sedum succulent plant. I can't find anywhere that has a variety of sedum also called Irish Moss. Irish Moss, Sagina subulata, is an actual moss which if allowed to run wild can take on a stringy, seaweedy look. At no stage in its growth does it ever look like a succulent.

My best guess is that this is actually Sedum album 'Athoum' and that the container was mis-labeled at the garden shop. I've been researching this for years now and my only conclusion is that the pot was mis-labeled.

The main plant is about a 12" in diameter globe in a pot on our back porch. We bring it in during the winter months. It has green round, thickish leaves.

Irish Moss Sedum

Irish Moss Sedum

This next photo is in November, when it's inside. the part facing away from the window is looking less healthy.

Irish Moss Sedum

When we got the plant there was a portion of it that looked like it wouldn't make it. So I put that little part into a small bonsai pot on my window, with the herbs, to give it a fighting chance. This photo is from 2010.

Irish Moss Sedum

By September 2012 it did actually look like a little bonsai tree :)

Irish Moss Sedum

Irish Moss Sedum

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