it seems to be moss that grows from peat? i can't seem to get a firm answer anywhere...(which i find a bit curious).
Peat moss is a valuable resource and it takes years, er, no YEARS to form.
What is Peat Moss? Peat moss is dead fibrous material that forms when mosses and other living material decompose in peat bogs. The difference between peat moss and the compost gardeners make in their backyard is that peat moss is composed mostly of moss, and the decomposition happens without the presence of air, slowing the rate of decomposition. It takes several millennia for peat moss to form, and peat bogs gain less than a millimeter in depth every year. Since the process is so slow, peat moss isn’t considered a renewable resource. Most of the peat moss used in the United States comes from remote bogs in Canada. There is considerable controversy surrounding the mining of peat moss. Even though the mining is regulated, and only 0.02 percent of the reserves are available for harvest, groups such as the International Peat Society point out that the mining process releases massive amounts of carbon into the atmosphere, and the bogs continue to exhale carbon long after the mining concludes.
Read more at Gardening Know How: Peat Moss And Gardening – Information About Sphagnum Peat Moss https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/peat-moss-information.htm
You can't really get peat moss everywhere .. Also, it is considered unethical or non-environmental to use peat moss for gardening. Of course, some people say for their flowers, they need to use peat moss and yet it is generally frowned upon. Hence, most garden centres state that they do NOT use peat moss!