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I have been reliably informed that this species of Dawsonia is the  largest-growth-habit variety of moss in the world.
It grows in great abundance around GOF's place in full sun on very poor soils.
During dry conditions it shrivels up and looks brown and dead, yet within 30 seconds of getting a drink of water the entire mat of moss springs back into life looking like a forest of miniature pine trees. 
Each "tree" is around 75mm (3") in height.

Never fails to intrigue and amuse me. (I am easily amused)

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  1. It looks very interesting. Is it soft or prickly?

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  2. It looks very interesting. Is it soft or prickly? Very soft, Freedom, and in places it covers quite large areas of ground.

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  3. You actually have dry conditions?

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  4. You actually have dry conditions? October is our dry month with only 80mm average…..that's enough to make the moss curl up and play "dead".

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  5. Do you think this would grow as a ground cover – killing lawn in the process of spreading? I would really like to get rid of our silly little square of lawn and want a low ground cover. It has to be able to survive our horrid summers (100 degrees with 100% humidity) and then the cold of winter (it wouldn't have to be green during winter as long as it came back after the snow/ice).

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  6. Do you think this would grow as a ground cover Unfortunately it is really fussy when you try to cultivate it and I suspect even though it survives a few frosts each year at our place that it prefers tropical locations.

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