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PlantFiles: Ground Pine, Ground Pine Clubmoss, Rare Clubmoss, Tree Club Moss, Princess-Pine, Lycopode Fonc
Lycopodium obscurum

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

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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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Grown for foliage

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

Soil pH requirements:
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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive yrralrellim 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 50s and early 60s, 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 have found are selling club moss, NOT princess pine (Lycopodium clavatum).

Positive savetheplanet 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.

Positive Cretaceous 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.


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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