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Fairy Moss

I have some of this in my pond and I have to say it does indeed have a magical ability to cover the pond's surface completely if you don't keep hauling it out. The non-native answer to duck weed me thinks.


  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 21,196

    It looks very pretty.image One website says that koi "like to nibble on it". I don't know how many nibbling koi you would need to keep it under control.image

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  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,053

    It does not thrive nor survive in central Scotland. Very susceptible to water temp.

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  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,272

    I didn't realise the impact of this species...sigh

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 21,137

    The water boatmen seem to be eating mine that fishy sent me. Maybe it takes a time to establish, it looks lovely at the moment. Just collected around the edges. Absolutely no slimey blanket weed at all.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,272

    I regret sending you some Lyn image There 'is' apparently a species of North American weevil that feeds on fairy moss (Azolla). You can buy some from the company for just £120. A bargain image

  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,053

    When I lived in Hull I used to scoop fairy moss out of the pond by the handful. A couple of hundred miles north it just does not survive. Bonus!

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
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