- Pachysandra procumbens Hardy Planting Zones- 5-9 Sun or Shade – Partial to Full Shade Mature Height - 6-12" Mature Width- 1-2' Bloom Season – Spring (March-April) Gardener Status- Beginner
Pachysandra procumbens - Allegheny Spurge
Also known as Allegheny Spurge this plant is a shrub type ground cover that grows to a height of 8-12 inches. It grows best in well-drained, moist, acidic, and rich soils. Tolerance has been shown in heavy shade and drought conditions. Its white flowers bloom from March to April and are amply fragrant. Pachysandra procumbens is a favored perennial groundcover for several reasons. Firstly, it’s a slow grower and therefore low maintenance. This member of the Box family also offers a more elegant look than many groundcovers, making it attractive for landscaping. This species is often preferred over its cousin, Pachysandra terminalis, due to its less aggressive growth rate and pattern. The growth tends to a clumping nature, rather than typical spreading. At times, the roots may travel underground and pop up with a new plant a few feet away. The three-inch leaves are bluish-green, often accented with highlights of purple and white, giving them a more festive look than typical groundcover. Pachysandra flowers in early spring, producing tiny white to light green to pale pink blooms which grow in spikes two to four inches long. These elegant, fragrant columns dot the surface of the leaf mat, enhancing its ornamental value. Pachysandra procumbens is native to the southeastern United States. The leaves are evergreen in warmer climes, and deciduous in the colder zones. It works wonderfully in a variety of landscaping applications, particularly under trees which offer sun-dappled shade. It also serves as ideal ornamental groundcover beside walkways, along with building foundations, and as an accent around shrubbery. With its low maintenance, showy appearance, and tolerant nature, Allegheny spurge brings a lovely yet simple element to any area which needs extra coverage. Your plant will arrive well protected and ready to place into your dream landscape.