Planting Between Bricks - Knowledgebase Question

Aliso Viejo, CA
Question by business1st
May 6, 1999
We have a long brick walkway in our back yard (no morter) which has a clover like grass and/or moss growing between the bricks. What might it be? and where can we buy seed to get more of it? I looked in your FAQ's and understand that it might be Irish or Scotch Moss and/or Crimsom Clover. We know it came from seed because we got it from several seed packets purchase a year ago at one of our local hardware stores. We have searched these stores for anything that looked like what we had and connot find a match.


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Answer from NGA
May 6, 1999

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Sagina subulata, commonly called Scotch Moss or Irish Moss, is often used as a filler between paving stones or bricks. Irish Moss has a golden green color and Scotch Moss is a deeper green. They both produce flowers on stalks held above the cupped leaves, which might account for the 'grass-like' appearance. Crimson Clover has much larger leaves, with each leaf divided into thirds but attached to one stem. The leaves of Crimson Clover have a reddish tint. The above descriptions should help you decide which plant is growing between the bricks in your yard. You should be able to find seeds for Sagina subulata through Cyberseeds, PO Box 171102, San Antonio, TX 78217-1102.

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