The name "blue ground cedar" comes from the fact that the foliage resembles cedar leaves and is usually blue-green, but sometimes the blue is subtle. It is not related to cedars.
- Synonyms: Lycopodium tristachyum
- Family: clubmoss (Lycopodiaceae)
- Habitat: dry, acid soil in open woods, clearings, old pastures, and power cuts
- Height: 7 to 14 inches
- Location of spores: in strobili at the top of branched vertical stalks
- Persistence: evergreen
- Origin: native
Photographed near Glastonbury, Connecticut in early June
Photographed at Millinocket Lake, Maine in mid-August.
Close-up of immature strobili (spore-bearing structures). When mature, they will be yellow. Photographed at Millinocket Lake, Maine in mid-August.