Pachysandra terminalis

Japanese spurge

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Outstanding Qualities

This tough and useful groundcover is known for its adaptability to tough situations. Pachysandra has rich green foliage and forms a dense mat that will prevent weed growth. In spring short tufts of white flowers set atop of the foliage. It is easy to grow and is a great way to fill in difficult shady locations.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: spreading perennial

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 0 ft. 6 in. (0.15 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 6 in. (0.76 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: light to deep shade

Water Requirements: drought tolerant once established, but occasional watering will promote faster growth

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: x Fatshedera lizei ‘Annemieke’, Buxus sempervirens ‘Aureovariegata’, Polystichum munitum, Fagus sylvatica ‘Rohanii’, Shibataea kumasasa

Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, white, yellow

Great Color Partners: bronze, silver

Culture Notes
Japanese spurge will grow quickest and its best in light to dappled shade, but it will tolerate deep shade, although the growth will be slower. It will adapt to almost any soil from moist to well-drained and clay to sand. Once established it is drought tolerant, but growth is more even and it will fill in faster with occasional watering during dry weather