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Rare Clubmoss Lycopodium obscurum

Previously known as:

  • Dendrolycopodium obscurum
Phonetic Spelling
ly-koh-POH-de-um ob-SKEW-rum
Description

Common Ground Pine is a native perennial subshrub found in moist woodlands, thickets, and clearings.   It has creeping rhizomes that root extensively.  

Branches are used in Christmas decorations.

 

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#native perennial#NC native#thickets#woodland#food source summer#food source herbage#mammals#Piedmont Mountains FACU#Coastal FACU#Christmas decorations#audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#native perennial#NC native#thickets#woodland#food source summer#food source herbage#mammals#Piedmont Mountains FACU#Coastal FACU#Christmas decorations#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Lycopodium
    Species:
    obscurum
    Family:
    Lycopodiaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Boiled leaves has been used as an eyewash or to cure headaches in traditoinal medicine.
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    AK, eastern Canada and U.S.A.
    Wildlife Value:
    This plant attracts mammals.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Description:
    Spores display from July to September.
  • Leaves:
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Attracts:
    Small Mammals