Japanese pachysandra (Pachysandra terminalis)
[pak-ih-SAN-drah ter-min-AL-iss]

Evergreen Perennial in the Buxaceae Family
 

 

What would we do without Japanese Pachysandra? Seriously, this lush, evergreen, shade-loving groundcover is a lifesaver in those dim, romantic corners of the garden that no other plant can seem to survive. Pachysandra carpets the ground with a springy mat of green that aggressively spreads if given free reign. While this plant does send out delicate white flowers each spring, it’s primarily used for filling in hard-to-plant areas and providing beautiful, rich color even during those cold, dark, brown winter months.

Pros

  • Evergreen in the Chicago area
  • Thrives in full to partial shade
  • Prolific spreader

 

Cons

  • Cannot tolerate full sun
  • Cannot tolerate prolonged wet conditions
  • Will overtake other plants if allowed

 

 

Plant Data

Mature Size 6 - 9 inches tall. 6 - 24 inches wide.
Growth Rate Moderate
Sun Exposure Part Shade - Full Shade
Moisture Tolerance Medium : Tolerant of drought, but does not like to be consistently soggy.
Zones 4a - 9b
Tags Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Evergreen, Ground Covers, Grown for Attractive Foliage, Low Maintenance, Most Popular, Perennial, Rabbit Resistant, Shade Tolerant, Winter Interest
Bloom Period Early Spring
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Dark Green
 

Rankings

 

More Info from Experts

Commonly Planted with...

Boxwood, Hosta, Bleeding Heart, Astilbe, Foxglove, Camellia.

Photos of This with...

Box Elder, Three-Flowered Maple, Astilbe, Eastern Redbud, Pagoda Dogwood, Upright Purple Beech, Common Witch Hazel, Magnolia, Saucer Magnolia, Ostrich Fern, Daffodil, Alabama Snow Wreath, Capital Callery Pear, Oak, Roseum Elegans Rhododendron, Yew, Green Giant Arborvitae, Viburnum,
 
More Photos: Google Image Search & Flickr
 


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