$9

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.

Plant Care

Light Tip

Light

Thrives in low to medium indirect light. Not suited for intense, direct sun.

Water Tip

Water

Keep submerged in distilled or filtered room temperature, or colder, water. Change water once every 1-2 weeks, depending on algae growth.

Plant Tip

Plant Tip

This plant is pet-friendly!

Plant Bio

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!

Origin of Marimo ‘Moss’ Ball

You Might Like

Become a Member

Join our Plant Parent Club where all people are plant people. An annual membership averages to just $3.25 a month — and is sure to unleash your inner green thumb. As a member, you'll enjoy:

  • 10% off this order and every order
  • Discounted standard shipping
  • Early access to new products & events
  • Members-only newsletter, and more
$39 / year – Join Today

Size guide

Size Guide for Mini PlantsSize Guide for Mini PlantsSize Guide for Small PlantsSize Guide for Small Plants