Plant Details

Pyxidanthera barbulata

Common Pyxie-moss, Big Pyxie

Scientific Name:

Pyxidanthera barbulata

Common Name:

Common Pyxie-moss, Big Pyxie

Plant Family

Diapensiaceae (Diapensia Family)


NC Native



Bloom Color(s):


Bloom Time:

March to April

Bloom Area:


Habitat Description:

Pine savannas, pine flatwoods, pocosin margins, edges of sandhill seepage bogs, primarily in mesic to hydric sites, in wet sands and peaty sands, occasionally extending to submesic sands, but generally with a permanently or seasonally high water table, often with Sphagnum. ...In the Sandhills, where its range overlaps P. brevifolia, P. barbulata is limited to seepage areas or pocosin ecotones, while P. brevifolia occurs in xeric situations far upslope (Weakley 2015).

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

In bloom

Common Pyxie-moss is a tiny evergreen subshrub which, when not in bloom, looks like moss. The Pyxidanthera genus is found only in the Atlantic Coastal Plain.


Close-up of flowers


Paul Somers, Boiling Spring Lakes, March 2012

Developing fruit


David Paynter, Pender Co, May 12, 2013


USDA PLANTS Database Record

Bird-Friendly Native Plants

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