Cover plant in woods

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Date Photo Taken: November 3, 2011
Location: Comer, GA
Posted By: whrowe


This is a small low growing evergreen found deep in the woods around Comer, Georgia. It favors the plant shown on page 7 labeled “Mysterious Ground Cover” taken 30 July 11 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. I have never seen it that tall however and it has been there for at least 12 years. Would like to put it in my forested yard but want to know what it is first.


  1. Kirk Unregistered says:

    Diphasiastrum digitatum

    Club moss is the common name or even ground cedar.
    I t is very hard to transplant.

    November 10th, 2011 at 9:51 am
  2. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    Club moss: Diphasiastrum digitatum. The variety has several common names.

    November 10th, 2011 at 11:14 am
  3. stone Unregistered says:

    Ground cedar?

    November 10th, 2011 at 3:31 pm
  4. Angelyn Unregistered says:

    This is commonly called “running cedar.” Its scientific name is Lycopodium digitatum.

    November 10th, 2011 at 7:47 pm
  5. Southern Garden Coach Flower Fanatic says:

    I have heard this called Princess Fir, although it is not a fir but a selaginella or club moss (a cousin of the ferns). Since it is not a true plant
    it could be tricky to transplant. But give it a try and let us know how it works out!

    November 11th, 2011 at 10:06 pm
  6. Bobby Unregistered says:

    What’s in a name? Sometimes history.

    November 12th, 2011 at 12:07 pm
  7. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Is that a Selaginella, Lycopodium or Diphasiastrum? What say ye Alabama? Well, following this rather long link may clear the muddy waters or not!
    Ahem, no offence Mr. Allen but, GO DAWGS!

    November 12th, 2011 at 8:16 pm
  8. Angelyn Unregistered says:

    Thanks, Bobby. That helps (kind of) to clear up the confusion!

    November 13th, 2011 at 9:47 am
  9. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    @Angelyn, Thanks for the link!

    November 14th, 2011 at 3:06 pm
  10. Bill Rowe Unregistered says:

    Want to thank all of you that identified and furnished info about the Club Moss. This was my first submission and I must say there was a great response. Many thanks.

    November 14th, 2011 at 5:54 pm
  11. Deborah cornell Unregistered says:

    I have known this plant since childhood. We would use it for Christmas decoration. We call it Running Cedar.

    November 17th, 2011 at 6:59 pm
  12. Jessica Watters Unregistered says:

    Lycopodium for sure.

    December 22nd, 2011 at 8:27 am

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