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Moss Garden

March 10, 2008

I present this object, almost obscenely luxurious in colour and texture, for your admiration:


Winter is outstaying its welcome, so it’s a good thing that I have my gardens at home, inside, in the form of my aquaria. My latest bit of gardening was the introduction of what’s commonly known as a moss ball, although really its made up of beautiful velvety algae and has nothing much to do with actual moss.

The moss ball was discovered in by an Austrian named Anton E Sauter in 1823, and was subsequently given the name Aegagropila (that’s “goat’s hair” in Greek). In Japan the moss ball or “marimo” was declared a National Treasure in 1921, and its status was updated to “Special National Treaure” in the fifties. It is also found commonly in Iceland.

The moss ball relies on a slight current to shift them around, allowing it to keep its spherical shape; it’s a kind of underwater tumbleweed.


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  1. Heather permalink
    March 12, 2008 5:15 am



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