Moss: Decorative and Ecological Potential in Landscape

Dana Mălina RADU, Dieter TRAUTZ, Maria CANTOR


Integrating moss in landscape design as much as ornamental and arboretum plants is an important phase in landscape architecture. The present article is about the decorative and ecological potential of moss species. Finding solutions to develop green areas in cities and to decorate gardens with moss, sustains the perpetuation of these species and helps improve the environment. Amongst these, the following species present high values in landscape architecture: Polytrichum formosum, Dicranums coparium, Plagiomnium affine, Ceratodon purpureus, Hypnum cupressiforme, Tortula ruralis, Bryum argenteum, Grimmia pulvinata, Thuidium tamariscinu, Orthotrichum diaphanum. Latest years of research in bryology has contributed to the integration of moss in landscape architecture. By classifying the ecological requests of the species, the possibilities to use moss in gardens, on rooftops, on walls and side-walked can be identified. The scope of the preset paper is the information and awareness of specialists on the various possibilities to use well known European moss species in landscape architecture.


bryology, moss species, urban environment.

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