Ordinary Moss

Brachythecium rutabulum

About

Ordinary Moss, as its name suggests, is one of the UK's most common mosses and is found growing in lawns, on damp ground and in woodlands.

How to identify

Ordinary Moss is usually dark green but can be tinged yellow. It has branching stems that taper, with shiny, oval, pointed leaves that have fine teeth on their edges.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

Moss provides important shelter and food for many of our minibeasts and can be encouraged to grow in the garden by providing logs, stone piles and untidy areas. In turn, other species, such as birds, mammals and amphibians, will be attracted to the garden looking for a minibeast meal. To find out more about encouraging wildlife into your garden, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.

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Species information

Common name
Ordinary Moss
Latin name
Brachythecium rutabulum
Category
Mosses and liverworts
Statistics
Height: up to 4cm
Conservation status
Common.