Japanese Spurge Ground Cover

Scientific Name: Pachysandra terminalis

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The Japanese Spurge plant's Mature Spread is 1 - 2 feet, Soil Type Widely Adaptable, Moisture Moist, Well Drained, Mature Form 6 - 8 inches, Growth Rate Fast Spreader, Sun Exposure Full Shade - Partial Sun, Flower Color White, Fall Color Evergreen, Flowering Date March to April, Foliage Color Green, P Size White, Zones 4-8.

The Japanese Spurge plant, Pachysandra terminalis, and also known as Pachysandra, is a shrubby, evergreen ground cover which grows 8-12" high and spreads by rhizomes to form a dense carpet of rich, dark green foliage. Oval leaves (2-4" long) appear primarily in whorls at the stem ends. Tiny white flowers in 1-2" long, terminal (hence the species name) spikes bloom in early spring.

Flowers are not particularly showy, but on close inspection are quite attractive. Pachysandra can be used as a lawn substitute in shaded non-traffic areas and ground cover for shade areas. It is an excellent selection for shaded areas under shallow-rooted trees. Plant 6 inches apart. This perennial plant needs partial shade to full shade to prosper.

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