Butterfly Moss

Plagiomnium sp. Butterfly (Butterfly Moss) is an exceptional choice for aquarists seeking to add a touch of rarity and elegance to their freshwater aquariums. Its distinctive butterfly-shaped leaves and vibrant green color make it a standout addition to any aquascape. Easy to care for and highly versatile, Butterfly Moss is perfect for creating lush, natural underwater landscapes.
Plagiomnium sp. Butterfly, commonly known as Butterfly Moss, is a rare and exquisite aquarium moss that adds a touch of elegance and natural beauty to any aquatic setup. This unique moss is highly sought after by aquarists for its distinctive leaf shape and vibrant green color.

Butterfly Moss

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Plagiomnium sp. Butterfly, also known as Butterfly Moss, is a rare and exquisite addition to any aquascape. Known for its unique, rounded leaves and intricate growth patterns, this moss offers both aesthetic appeal and functional benefits for your aquarium.

Key Features:

  • Unique Appearance: Plagiomnium sp. Butterfly features beautiful, rounded leaves that resemble butterfly wings. The bright green foliage adds a touch of elegance and vibrancy to your tank.
  • Rhizoids: This moss has distinctive rhizoids, often mistaken for algae. These rhizoids are actually the moss's roots, helping it anchor to surfaces and absorb nutrients efficiently.
  • Versatile Placement: Perfect for attaching to rocks, driftwood, or substrate, Butterfly Moss can create stunning landscapes in the foreground, midground, or background of your aquarium.

Optimal Growing Conditions:

  • Lighting: Thrives in low to moderate lighting conditions. Too much direct light can cause the moss to dry out, so filtered or indirect light is ideal.
  • Water Parameters: Prefers slightly acidic to neutral water with a pH range of 6.0-7.5 and temperatures between 68-77°F (20-25°C).
  • CO2 and Fertilization: While not mandatory, CO2 supplementation and regular liquid fertilization can enhance growth and coloration.


  • Aesthetic Appeal: The butterfly-like leaves and vibrant green color make it a standout feature, adding unique visual interest to your aquascape.
  • Habitat Enhancement: Provides excellent hiding spots and breeding grounds for small fish and shrimp, promoting a healthy and balanced aquarium ecosystem.
  • Low Maintenance: Easy to grow and maintain, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced aquarists.

Planting and Propagation:

  • Attachment: Use aquarium-safe glue or thread to attach the moss to hardscape elements. Over time, the moss will naturally anchor itself.
  • Propagation: Propagates easily by dividing the moss and attaching it to new locations in your tank.


Transform your aquarium into a lush, green paradise with Plagiomnium sp. Butterfly. Its unique appearance, ease of care, and multiple benefits make it an excellent choice for enhancing the beauty and functionality of your tank. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned hobbyist, this rare moss will thrive in your aquarium and create a captivating underwater landscape.

Add Plagiomnium sp. Butterfly to your aquascape today and experience the serene beauty it brings to your aquatic environment.

    • Sold as a small loose portion, approx. 2" x 2" in size
    • Perfect to attached to driftwood, rock, or stone
    • May occasionally include a mix of other moss species

    Disclaimer: Pictures are not the actual plants you will receive, but a sample representation. Unless specific, we don't guarantee aquatic plants will be free of pests, and pesticides, grow emerged or submerge. 

    Scientific Name

    Plagiomnium sp. Butterfly


    Plagiochilaceae sp. Butterfly

    Common Name

    Butterfly Moss


    Attachable to Driftwood, Stone, or Decor


    Not Required

    Growth Rates


    Difficulty Level


    Nutrient Substrate

    Not Required

    Can it grow emerged?


    Lighting Requirements

    Low - Medium

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        Customer Reviews

        Based on 16 reviews
        Jennifer Sorensen
        Lovely Christmas Moss!

        I tried to ordered from APF the first two times I wanted Christmas Moss but it was out of stock. What I got from other vendors was in the same family but messy and crumbly and NOT Christmas Moss. I checked back in with APF and they had the stone pads so I ordered two. They arrived quickly and in beautiful condition like everything else I've ordered from APF. I deconstructed the moss from the pads to use on bonsai tree in a nano aquarium. The moss is all beautiful, healthy green. No large amounts of dead brown like I've received in other mosses. I'm excited to see how it fills in on my little tree!

        Sheila Riker
        Awesome plants

        Very nice moss pad . Looks happy in my aquarium.

        Misty Adolph


        Allen V.

        Open the packaged and the weeping moss was so vibrant green. Can wait for it to grow so i can propogate it in other tanks.

        James Fukai
        Good weeping moss. It’s not a lot but was clean and healthy

        My only knock is the amount of moss I was able to use on other surfaces. It’s was clean and healthy and well packaged! I would definitely buy the “ball” of weeping moss from here when in stock. I did do an alum dip for about 2 hrs and the moss did fine

        Shannon Cameron
        Love this moss!

        I absolutely love this moss! Gorgeous and holding up well in my aquarium so far. Packed very well also.

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