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Pachysandra terminalis


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Hardy perennial

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Pachysandra terminalis
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Sometimes known as Japanese spurge, Pachysandra is a small genus of very dwarf shrubs, popular for over a century for their ability to spread into a dense evergreen carpet beneath other taller shrubs. They all need some degree of shade and acid soils, hence their popularity for underplanting rhododendrons.

Pachysandra terminalis is perhaps the best known Pachysandra, and is fully hardy and evergreen. It will tolerate full sun if the ground is consistently moist, but it is more valuable as a carpeting plant in dry shade, sheltered from cold winds.

Family: Buxaceae

Genus: Pachysandra

Species: terminalis

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Silver variegation

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Acidic, Dry, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 25cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

Flowering period: February to May

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