Ground Cedar – Where To Get It

Q: Where can I buy ground cedar?

A: Ground cedar is an attractive evergreen forest groundcover that spreads by underground runners. The correct scientific name is Diphasiastrum digitatum but I prefer its older Latin name: Lycopodium digitatum, which means “wolf’s foot”. It’s a conversation piece when seen on a hike. Sad to say, it is very hard to transplant. The roots seem to require specific soil fungi, so you can’t just dig up a clump and transplant it. To my knowledge, no nurseries sell it.