Norwegian Reindeer Lichen Assorted Colors

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Reindeer lichen 11 oz. bags in assorted colors, from Norway.

Reindeer moss (Cladonia rangiferina) is a lichen found in great abundance in Arctic lands. It is an erect, many-branched plant that grows up to 8 cm high, covers immense areas, and serves as pasture for reindeer, moose, caribou, and musk oxen. In Scandinavia it has been used in the manufacture of alcohol, but difficulties in obtaining reindeer moss arise because of its slow growth rate (3 to 5 mm per year).

Reindeer moss has the unique ability of maintaining life even in dry conditions. During excessive rain it works as a sponge to absorb water but during times of drought it dries out but maintains life. Using reindeer moss in rock gardens and for xeriscaping landscaping has become a popular practice. The lichen offers a unique appearance to the rocks and surrounding area in the garden. Lichen also thrives with little or no care in extreme weather conditions.