Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
Gerald L. Klingaman
This trailing shrub from China and Japan is one of the best and most widely used evergreen groundcovers for shaded sites. Glossy dark green oval leaves cluster in large whorls at the end of prostrate stems, forming a dense mat of foliage. Plants spread by far-reaching underground runners to eventually cover large areas. Short frothy spikes of small flowers adorn the stem tips in late spring. Several cultivars have been selected for leaf color and habit.
Pachysandra likes partial to full shade and rich well drained acidic soil, although it will tolerate a wide range of conditions. Alkaline soil causes yellowing of the leaves. Use this vigorous groundcover under trees or shrubs where it will form a lovely green carpet. The less vigorously spreading variegated forms work well as edging or in a shrub border.
8 - 1
4 - 8
2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Partial Shade, Full Shade
0"-0" / 0.0cm - 0.0cm (8)
2'-10' / 0.6m - 3.0m
Late Spring, Early Summer
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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