A cozy, plant-filled shop near the east end of Main Street in Murphys sells rare and unique houseplants with exotic-sounding names like “dragon’s tooth” alocasia and “prince of orange” philodendron. 

Other popular items include “air plants”—Tillandsia—a genus of hundreds of plants in the bromeliad family. Most air plants are epiphytes, tending to grow in places off the ground, usually attached to another plant. These plants don’t have roots that grow in the soil and instead gather nutrients and water from the air.

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Large air plants and clusters of Spanish moss are found throughout the store, hanging in glass terrariums or perching on various shelves and holders.

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Locally made aromatherapy, candles, and other gifts available at Moss and Rust feature nature and plant themes.

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Stickers, clothing, and other items made by Wild & Scenic are found throughout the shop.

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Moss and Rust sells unique gifts made by local artists as well as rare and specialty plants. 

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Marie-Elena studied creative writing, art, and photography at University of Nebraska at Omaha, graduating with a BA in Studio Art -Visual Media. She moved to California from Nebraska in 2019 and is happy to call Calaveras County her home.

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