Ground Pine, Ground Pine Clubmoss, Rare Clubmoss, Tree Club Moss, Princess-Pine, Lycopode Foncé

Lycopodium obscurum

Family: Lycopodiaceae
Genus: Lycopodium (ly-koh-POH-de-um) (Info)
Species: obscurum (ob-SKEW-rum) (Info)
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Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F)

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 Color:


Bloom Time:



Grown for foliage


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Seed Collecting:

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


El Cerrito, California

East Haddam, Connecticut

Washington, Connecticut

Prestonsburg, Kentucky

Slade, Kentucky

Taylorsville, Kentucky

Oakland, Maryland

Becket, Massachusetts

Panama, New York

Sylva, North Carolina

Cleveland, Ohio

Nanty Glo, Pennsylvania

Warren, Pennsylvania

Pickens, South Carolina

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 11, 2013, yrralrellim from Staunton, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Every fall in late September or in October, my mother and I would dig out our burlap bags. With fall came the time to begin to harvest princess pine or Lycopodium clavatum. Growing up in north central Pennsylvania (Elk County) in the late 50’s and early 60’s, I learned young what can be done to make some extra money for Christmas gifts, etc. We sold the princess pine by the pound to a buyer in Ridgway which was located about 13 miles from my home. We would be paid approximately 4 to 8 cents per pound, depending on the annual market price. After school I could easily pick 35 or 40 pounds but on a Saturday, 70 to 90 pounds was common. I would love to purchase some princess pine now but every where that I have found the "real" princess pine for sale, it is much too expensive. Most websites I ... read more


On Jul 1, 2009, savetheplanet from Pickens, SC wrote:

Ground Pine (Clubmoss)
Zones: 3 - 9
Growth Habit
Mature Size: 1" - 3"
Use as a ground cover in shaded areas.

Good ground cover!! Two thumbs up.


On Mar 29, 2007, Cretaceous from El Sobrante, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Native to eastern Canada (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec), the U.S.A. (Alaska, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin, Idaho, Washington, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and New Mexico), also Greenland, Japan, and Russia.

Listed as a rare species in the state of Indiana, and as exploitably vulnerable in the state of New York.