I'm trying to find out anything I can about a plant my Cecil County...

Asked November 9, 2014, 9:31 AM EST

I'm trying to find out anything I can about a plant my Cecil County grandparents called "crow's feet." It was a sprawling vine plant with little green tufts that looked sort of like fountains. I'd like to plant it in Towson in my back yard, but I can't seem to find it anywhere. I wonder if it is extinct in our area? Any advice is welcome. Thanks.

Baltimore County Maryland

2 Responses

The plant you describe is called many things, but it is most likely Lycopodium digitatum, a clubmoss, usually called ground pine or running cedar.
It is doubtful that it is sold in retail.establishments. it is found in damp woodland settings and has been seen in our area. However, it is a protected plant and collecting it is discouraged.
LS

Thanks. I'm not trying to collect it; I wanted to propagate it. Guess that's off.