One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

Can you believe it, we’ve found another small mystery evergreen to try to stump you with?

Mystery # 85

Please note the needles on this one are NOT flat like last week’s Ground Cedar (and it’s in the background for comparison). Good luck!


We hope you guessed this is another type of clubmoss, one fondly called Princess Pine, Lycopodium clavatum. It is bushy and upright—more so than the Ground Cedar of last week—and does look like a miniature pine.

A fun fact is the spores—primitive seeds—are flammable, explosively so. They used to be used for flash powder for long-ago photos.

Please, don’t go out collecting it for your holiday photography, or any other holiday decorating. These slow-growing clubmosses suffer from over-collecting and can’t recover like hardier invasive species do.