Herb: Fir Clubmoss
Latin name: Lycopodium selago
Synonyms: Huperzia selago
Family: Lycopodiaceae (Club-moss Family)
Medicinal use of Fir Clubmoss:The plant is hypnotic. Chewing three stems is said to induce mild intoxication whilst eight can cause unconsciousness. The plant has been used as a fast-acting emetic and purgative. A poultice of the whole plant has been applied to the head in the treatment of headaches. A homeopathic remedy is made from the whole plant, collected during the summer. It is used as a laxative and to kill worms.
Description of the plant:
(9 3/4 inch)
Habitat of the herb:Usually in open habitats on heaths, moors, mountain grasslands, rock ledges and mountain tops to 1300 metres.
Edible parts of Fir Clubmoss:The plant is edible. Caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.
Other uses of the herb:The plant can be used as a mordant in dyeing.
Propagation of Fir Clubmoss:Spores - best sown as soon as they are ripe on the surface of a humus-rich sterilized soil. Keep the compost moist, preferably by putting a plastic bag over the pot. Pot on small clumps of plantlets as soon as they are large enough to handle and keep humid until they are well established. Do not plant outside until the ferns are at least 2 years old and then only in a very well sheltered position. The spores are generally produced in abundance but are difficult to grow successfully. The spores of this species are not functional, the plant reproduces only by gemmae. Layering of growing tips.
Cultivation of the herb:Usually in open habitats on heaths, moors, mountain grasslands, rock ledges and mountain tops to 1300 metres.
Known hazards of Lycopodium selago:The plant is an active narcotic poison.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.