from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Any of various mosses of the genus Sphagnum of wet acidic areas, having long fibrous leafy stems, the decomposed remains of which form a type of peat.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A genus of mosses, the peat- or bog-mosses, the only representative of the order Sphagnaceæ. For characters, see
- noun A mass or quantity of moss of this genus: often used attributively; as, sphagnum moss; a sphagnum. bog.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Bot.) A genus of mosses having white leaves slightly tinged with red or green and found growing in marshy places; bog moss; peat moss.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun Any of various widely distributed
mosses, of the genus Sphagnum, which slowly decomposeto form peat.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun any of various pale or ashy mosses of the genus Sphagnum whose decomposed remains form peat
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
Potting mixes often contain sphagnum peat moss from bogs in Canada or Ireland.
It is very surprising to find certain relict habitats related to the northern European freshwater ecosystems, such as sphagnum peat bogs, and birch (Betula pendula) copses.
I have an extremely vague recollection of Jerry in some interview or other mentioning "The Nursery Frieze," the Gorey work consisting of a long series of animals of indeterminate species, each uttering a single, odd word, like "sphagnum" ... "orrery" ... deadsongs. vue.168
The WELL: Ripple Robert Hunter 2004
Some porous material such as sphagnum moss or excelsior (as here) is put on the open bottom and the flat watered by allowing it to stand in a sink or tub for
Azaleas require highly acidic soil - such as sphagnum peat moss amended with gypsum and perhaps limestone.
They are used commercially to treat seedlings before setting them in the field to reduce shock.] (6) Use no medium, such as sphagnum moss, for the roots because it is unnecessary and causes a lot of fuss with the plant inspectors.
But I certainly wasn't going to complain, especially when he retreated to the "prop range," the Botanic Garden greenhouse where hundreds of species were growing—the BBG boasts 1,600 species—to retrieve some Chilean sphagnum moss.
Where Expertise Blooms Ralph Gardner Jr. 2012
Materials needed to assemble your terrarium include gravel for drainage; sphagnum moss to keep the soil from sifting into the drainage area; potting mix without fertilizer; and accessories like gravel, miniature animals — whatever items that add a touch of whimsy to your terrarium.
A fern-grass-sedge pampa covers the summit areas of the larger islands where moisture is retained in temporary pools and sphagnum moss.
From pillows of sphagnum that over millennia have built up this extraordinary place, carmine glitter of round-leaved sundew attracts the eye, slowly digesting its captured insect-life.