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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Lycopodium digitatum Dill. ex A. Braun
Fan clubmoss, Running cedar, Ground pine
Synonyms: Diphasiastrum digitatum, Lycopodium flabelliforme
USDA Symbol: LYDI3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Though its foliage looks like that of a coniferous plant like pine or juniper, Lycopodium digitatum is in fact a clubmoss, a relative of ferns, with spores instead of seeds. Its cedar-like appearance, low growth, evergreen leaves, and spreading habit make it ideal for the well-drained eastern woodland landscape. Once established, it spreads quickly by stems that lie just at the surface of the soil.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Retention: Evergreen Size Notes:
5 to 10 inches high Leaf:
Dark green Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: This is a non-flowering plant that reproduces by spores.
AL , AR , CT , DC , GA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MN , MO , NC , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , WI , WV Canada: ON
, QC Native Distribution:
Eastern North America from Quebec to Alabama, Zones 4 to 7 Native Habitat:
Dry, well-drained woodlands and pine forests USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Drought Tolerance: High
Cold Tolerant: yes
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Well-drained, acidic, rich or poor soils.
Conditions Comments: Prefers dry conditions but tolerates some moisture.
A good evergreen
groundcover for shade in eastern North America Use Wildlife:
Winter browse Use Other:
Formerly gathered for Christmas decorations, but deforestation made it too rare to be used. Interesting Foliage:
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Record Modified: 2009-02-12