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Lycopodium digitatum

Family: Lycopodiaceae
Genus: Lycopodium (ly-koh-POH-de-um) (Info)
Species: digitatum (dig-ee-TAH-tum) (Info)

Synonym:Diphasiastrum digitatum
Synonym:Lycopodium complanatum var. flabelliforme
Synonym:Lycopodium flabelliforme
Synonym:Lycopodium flabelliforme var. ambiguum
Synonym:Lycopodium dillenianum

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under 6 in. (15 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dowain On Dec 19, 2013, dowain from Marshville, NC wrote:

Brings back good memories of my Dad at Christmas.. we always knew where to find some around Zebulon NC (Pearces). He loved it and we went out to find it. I've found it in Charlotte and recently on my new property in Marshville. Even most people in the SouthEast do not know it..I've introduced many people to RC.. most are very surprised at the beauty. Take my son to gather a garland now!

Neutral DAVEJO On Aug 23, 2013, DAVEJO from Southaven, MS wrote:

Have a question about lycopodium diditation. Want to use as ground cover. What is the method of planting & is it fast growing? Have area 125ft. long by 6ft wide with assortment of schrubs. Saw this at Hollywood Casino in Tunica Ms & was beautiful.
Any info. about this will be helpful.


Positive Agholson On Oct 1, 2012, Agholson from AMELIA COURT HOUSE, VA wrote:

We used to call it poor mans garland. It was used for Christmas decorations. We put it on the fireplace mantle and on the staircase railing. It stayed green the whole christmas holiday. It was our job as kids to find it and clean the dirt and leaves off before using it.

Neutral Cretaceous On Mar 28, 2007, Cretaceous from El Sobrante, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Native to the eastern United States (except Florida).

Listed as exploitably vulnerable in New York state.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Buford, Georgia
Cornelia, Georgia
Epworth, Georgia
Jasper, Georgia
Barbourville, Kentucky
Hi Hat, Kentucky
Slade, Kentucky
North East, Maryland
Oakland, Maryland
Pasadena, Maryland
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Efland, North Carolina
Grassy Creek, North Carolina
Marshville, North Carolina
Oxford, North Carolina
Zebulon, North Carolina
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Laurens, South Carolina
Amelia Court House, Virginia
Mechanicsville, Virginia

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