Fan Clubmoss

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We dig plants when your order is received, and ship immediately via US Priority Mail. You will receive a tracking number via email when plants are shipped. All plants are packed to be safe in their packages for up to 3 days after receipt.

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We sell only bare root plants. For superior protection for plants in transit, we dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic.

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Open your plants, and inspect the same day received. You need to report any problems with your order within 3 days. Plant promptly - bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days unless there are weather issues. Keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted, and store in a cool place. Water daily for the first week after planting.

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Fan Club Moss

Fan clubmoss goes by several different names, most of which compare its appearance to something else. Common names include crowsfoot and ground cedar, and it has also been referred to as bears paws. It's botanical name is Diphasiastrum digitatom, and it hails from the Lycopodium family.

Despite its many names, one thing is certain. Fan clubmoss is not a moss. In fact, clubmosses are more similar to ferns and mushrooms, which reproduce via spores rather than seeds.

Fan clubmoss do best in hardiness zones 4 to 7. An evergreen groundcover, this perennial plant grows only 3 to 8 inches in height. Colonies are typically found in mixed woodland and upland pine forests. It prefers dappled sunlight or light shade and slightly acidic, well-drained, moist soils. The plants often provide cover for ground-nesting birds.


Fan Clubmoss Is Perfect For Shaded Areas In Landscaping

This clubmoss is recognized by its very tiny, pointed and scale-like, deep-green foliage. Once spores are established, the plants spread by rhizome stems which grow not underground but under leaf litter along the floor of forests. Extremely slow-growing, the stems shoot up pale yellow, cone-like protuberances called stroboli where packages of spores are formed. Spores are released to the wind in late summer and into the autumn.

It can take years for spores to establish themselves as plants, and fan clubmoss can be quite difficult to propagate or to transplant. However, transplanting is best successful if plants are deeply dug up to include a large clump of soil surrounding the plant taking special care not to disturb roots. Gardeners who are fortunate to have a woodland area with established species would be best served by leaving the plants where they are and instead creating a quiet path into the woods and employing them as part of a secret garden. A mix of colorful wildflowers can make a beautiful enhancement.

Fan clubmoss has been oft-compared in appearance to full-size evergreens such as arborvitaes and cedars. Interestingly, its distant cousins can be traced back 410 million years ago to the Carboniferous period where the atmosphere was significantly different and similar plants grew to over 130 feet in height. Today those distant cousins are part of the coal deposits mined throughout the northern hemisphere.

The plants are used in homeopathic remedies for digestive disorders, including constipation and iritable bowel syndrome, for heartburn, skin irritations, sore throats and fatigue. Lycopodium powder from fan clubmosses are used as pill coatings. The plants also contain combustible oils which have been used for pyrotechnics and science demonstrations. Like many clubmosses, they have also been used to fashion Christmas greenery.


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