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Azolla caroliniana

Fairy moss

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Features

  • Height1m to 1.5m
  • Growth HabitWater plant
  • Flower ColourPink purple
  • Leaf ColourLight blue-green

Description

Azolla caroliniana (Fairy moss). This species is an aquatic fern with palmately-lobed leaves that are light green-blue. They have an indefinite spread.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Aquatic or Fern

Other common names

Mosquito fern

Origin

South America

Interest and use

Floating aquatic

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

When grown under glass you must scatter the plants on the waters surface. When grown outdoors scatter them on the surface when the chance of frost damage has passed.

Propagation

Redistributing clusters of plantlets when they appear.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch out for waterfowl.

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