This month we are highlighting Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s (BBG) work to preserve the Flowering Pixie-moss. This species requires open habitat to survive and is frequently encountered in New Jersey along the edges of sand roads and hiking trails. As such, it is negatively impacted by recreational activities like off road vehicles, motorcycles, and foot traffic.
The Garden was able to keep a number of plants alive and on display in the Native Flora Garden, however the plants proved to be short lived. Further experimentation with site selection and soil characteristics is needed so that this species can be successfully cultivated in a garden setting.
Founded more than a century ago, the BBG’s first display garden was conceived to showcase and conserve native plants. They continue on with this mission to this day as a Participating Institution with the Center for Plant Conservation where they have committed to protecting six plants in perpetuity that are part of our National Collection.
CPC commends Brooklyn Botanic Garden for their diligent conservation work and research on behalf of the Flowering Pixie-moss. You can read more about their work with this plant on their Garden News Blog. Thank you for helping us preserve endangered plants!
The conservation experts at CPC participating institutions such as the Brooklyn Botanic Garden share their in-depth conservation expertise about rare plants through CPC’s National Collection Plant Profiles.