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Where there's shade, pachysandra is a no-fail choice for an attractive, durable groundcover. It's easy on the eye and does not need mowing. Its evergreen or semievergreen foliage is arranged in whorls topped in spring by short spikes of fragrant white or pinkish flowers. Pachysandra thrives in most locations except where soil is dry. One note: Japanese spurge may become invasive and is a greedy neighbor.
Part Sun, Shade, Sun
Under 6 inches
Several feet wide
more varieties for Pachysandra
Pachysandra terminalis carries whorls of glossy evergreen leaves and short spikes of fragrant white flowers in spring. Zones 4-8
Variegated Japanese spurge
Pachysandra terminalis 'Variegata' has slightly more grayish-green leaves than the species; they are frosted with an irregular white rim. The familiar spikes of white flowers bloom in spring. The variegated forms are less aggressive than the species. Zones 4-8
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