Selaginella Kraussiana is a species of vascular plant found naturally in the Azores and parts of mainland Africa.
- It belongs to the very ancient lineage of plants known as the clubmosses.
- It has a similar structure to ferns.
- The relationship might lead one to call the plants spike moss fern, although that is technically not correct either.
- These common plants are part of many native flora situations and are nursery plants for some varieties of wild seed, which grow up through them.
- Selaginella spike moss are spore producing plants, just like ferns, and can produce large mats of deep feathery green foliage.
- Bright Indirect light indoors, partial shade outdoors is usually a good idea for most Selaginella varieties.
- Keep the soil moist but never soggy and avoid using cold water.
- It becomes totally dormant and the leaves roll into tight little brown balls when there is no moisture.
- After watering, it turns green and starts to grow again.
- A Selaginella plant needs very little plant food.
- Feed twice a year, once in April and once in July, with a water soluble fertilizer diluted to ½ the recommended strength.
- Do not fertilize newly potted Selaginella plants for at least two months.
- Best temperature is around 10°-24°C (50°-75°F)
- It prefers high humidity.
- Use a peat moss based soil that retains water but still drains well.