Lycopodium – Ground Pine

Q: No one can tell me what this is. Can you shed some light on this mystery?

A: Theresa Schrum says:

“It’s one of the plants commonly and collectively known as ground pine (sometimes running cedar). The botanical name is Lycopodium obscurum. This particular species is rarer than other related Lycopodiums and I don’t usually see it this far south. In fact, I only know of one other small colony in Gwinnett County.

“This evergreen is native to the east, is classified as a primitive clubmoss and a relative to some of the oldest ferns in the world. It’s a wonderful woodland ground cover, but practically impossible to successfully transplant. Enjoy.

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