Mountain Moss Enterprises actively engages in rescuing mosses and other native plants from high impact areas. We encourage property owners and land developers to contact us prior to any grading, tree cutting or road building. With a respect for our public forests and parks, Mountain Moss finds many legitimate locations where mosses are in peril of destruction. We coordinate projects for communities where volunteers retrieve bryophytes and then create moss focal features together. Mountain Moss can assist green communities in collecting mosses, staging them, and then reintroducing them back into the landscape for native restoration projects.


Often overlooked by native plant rescue groups, mosses can be found nurturing the wildflowers being collected. We hope that by educating the public about the value of mosses, they will become a desirable plant worthy of attention. Look for opportunities in your own community to save not just rare plants but the common mosses, too.

Mountain Moss is fully insured and certified to legitimately collect native plants (NCDA License #5291) and to distribute mosses through our moss nursery which we call our Mossery (NCDA Certification #6440).

5 Responses to “Plant Rescues”

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    Debi Treleaven

    I heard your seminar at BB Barns and loved it. The community I live in has moss growing on some our out trails that needs to be removed because it is slippery. Would you be interested in rescuing it? Not sure it will be easy as the surface is chip n seal (asphalt with loose stones over it). Please let me know before they kill it.

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    Hi! Love your website! Me and my husband have a vacation cabin in Avery County, NC and I LOVE mosses and lichens! I started this interest when I was a kid and my parents had a cabin nearer to Boone, but still up higher, about 4400 feet. There were numerous mosses that I fell in love with back then, mosses deep in the woods that were so soft, along with the endless lady slipper orchids and trilliums that were there alongside. On our mountain now, I have found many beautiful mosses, and lichens. I finally found some British Soldiers and Pixie Cup lichens, first discovered way back when I was a kid. I have gathered a bit of the lichen that’s my favorite (the British Soldiers) but left the majority intact because I have only found it in one place. All along the rotting logs that lead up the road to our place. I was wondering if these lichens are endangered in NC, I was recently alarmed to see these type items being sold on along with plants that I KNOW are rare! They say that everything comes from “private land” but who knows. I have always been in amazement at the beauty of these mosses and lichens, as well as the beautiful native plants that you only see if you love them and are looking for them. I finally saw a “rattlesnake” plant (what we called it!) this past weekend..low to the ground, green with white veins mimicking a rattlesnake skin. Anyway, I gathered enough British Soldier lichen to make a small terrarium along with violet plants and some sedum. Is there anyway I can encourage whats there to grow? Or take care of it better? I love seeing it, because it takes me back to my childhood. I have enjoyed the information on your website! I look forward to hearing from you. – Judi

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    Hey Carol,
    Sorry for such a long delay in responding. I just saw your question about plant rescues. Brevard’s group has been inactive for a couple of years now. You might wish to check into the efforts of the North Carolina Native Plant Society. There is an Asheville Chapter that occasionally has plant rescues. Check out their Web site: Good luck and keep your eyes open for any mosses while you are hunting for wildflowers.
    Take care,
    Mossin’ Annie

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    Hey Susan!
    Thanks for asking about the photo before publishing. I can provide you with press quality, high-resolution photographs for your book. Please contact me directly to make arrangements: Since you are publishing an educational book, we can waive any royalty fee as a professional courtesy (unless your publisher wants to offer one which would be appreciated). Please credit photo: Photograph by Annie Martin, I have other planet-friendly mossy ideas… moss lawns, moss instead of mulch, moss green roofs and living vertical moss walls! I look forward to hearing back from you.
    Go Green With Moss!
    Mossin’ Annie

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    Would you grant me the permission to use your photo of the moss rescue for a book I am writing on planet friendly gardening? Thanks. I am on the faculty at the University of Georgia.

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