Marimo ‘Moss’ Ball
The marimo “moss” ball as it’s commonly known, is not actually moss at all, but a freshwater, filamentous green algal colony! First discovered in Lake Zell in Austria in the 1820s, the aquatic plant was later nicknamed “marimo” by Japanese botanist Takiya Kawakami in 1898.
*Does not come with glass bowl.
Thrives in low to medium indirect light. Not suited for intense, direct sun.
Keep submerged in distilled or filtered room temperature, or colder, water. Change water once every 1-2 weeks, depending on algae growth.
This plant is pet-friendly!
The name of Marimo (毬藻) originated from Japanese botanist Tatsuhiko Kawakami (毬 ‘mari’ = ball and 藻 ‘mo’ = generic term for aquatic plants) who first described them growing in lakes on the island of Hokkaido. The Marimo’s shape is the result of freshwater lake motion. They are native to the cold, alkaline lakes of the northern hemisphere. Marimo grow quite slowly, at only a few millimeters a year. Marimo moss, as it’s known, is not actually moss at all. Aegagropila linnaei is a freshwater, fuzzy, filamentous green algal colony. As the colony grows, the inner cells go dormant. If the ball is ever split apart, those cells can reactivate to repair the colony - even under artificial light!
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