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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Lycopodium digitatum Dill. ex A. Braun
Fan clubmoss, Running cedar, Ground pine
Synonym(s): Diphasiastrum digitatum, Diphasium complanatum ssp. flabelliforme, Lycopodium complanatum var. flabelliforme, Lycopodium flabelliforme, Lycopodium flabelliforme var. ambiguum
USDA Symbol: LYDI3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
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.
, 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
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:
Record Last Modified: 2013-09-09