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This beautiful moss is natural to Michigan. It starts to grow very early in the season (this is what it looked like on March 2) and will grow virtually anywhere.
Growing in highly shaded areas with rich dark soil with good drainage. The habitat is very moist and very little else will grow in these areas including grass.
We have transplanted it from back in the undeveloped wooded area to our yard in areas where grass won't grow due to a lack of sun or a high traffic zone for the dogs. This grows beautifully there. If you know what it is I would love to know.