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Running Cedar is a low-growing evergreen plant, in a group of plants known as clubmosses. Clubmosses aren't really mosses; they're more closely related to ferns. Running Cedar is usually between five and ten inches tall. It has straight stems with flat branches which spread like fans. Leaves are small and flat with pointed tips. They feel like leather, and stay green all year.
Running Cedar grows in forests where soil is somewhat dry and there are a lot of dead leaves on the ground. Sometimes it grows in fields with a lot of shrubs or small trees.
Spotted this very small patch (maybe 3-5 plants) along the Iron Hill Trail of red Top Mountain State Park
Spotted on Mar 9, 2013
Submitted on Mar 10, 2013