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Azolla Genus

Fairy moss

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun, Part shade or Shade
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)

Description

Azolla genus (Fairy moss). This is a deciduous, perennial floating water fern. The leaves are alternate, overlapping with vertically 2-lobes, the upper lobe will float and the lower lobe is submerged. They are frost to half hardy, and will grow in sun or shade. You can propagate by redistributing clusters of plantlets when they appear.

Characteristics

Annuals, Aquatics or Ferns

Other common names

Mosquito fern, Water fern

Interest and use

Grown for the foliage and to control algae by reducing light beneath water.

Cultivation

If not kept in check, may be invasive; reduce spread by removing portions with a net.

Propagation

Redistributing clusters of plantlets when they appear.

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