A few weeks ago Blind Pig reader Carol Stuart mentioned using running cedar as Christmas greenery when she lived in West Virginia. I was glad Carol mentioned running cedar-because I often overlook what’s right under my nose.
Running cedar is also called running pine, Christmas green, creeping pine, ground pine and ground cedar. The ground hugging plant grows near our house. It’s been creeping down Granny and Pap’s bank for the last 40 years till it’s almost reached the bottom. The Latin name of the plant is Lycopodium digitatum. You can see from the photo-it grows along a small running vine which makes the plant perfect for draping or circling Christmas decorations.
The pretty evergreen really doesn’t need any further decoration-it already has the look of Christmas about it-making it easy to see why some folks call it Christmas green.
But I thought I’d give a technique B.Ruth described recently in a comment a try. I placed a small amount of flour-barely a tablespoon-and a sprinkling of glitter into a plastic bag. I wet a piece of running cedar lightly, placed it in the bag, and while holding the top closed tightly, I shook the bag around a few times.
You can see from the photo how the dusting of white shows the delicate details of the plant and gives it a snowy look. I read ground cedar was endangered in some areas of the country. But it seems to be thriving here in Western NC.