Pachysandra terminalis

Pachysandra terminalis

Japanese spurge

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Pachysandra terminalis
  • Common name: Japanese spurge
  • Plant type: Perennial
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen

Height: 25cm

Spread: 60cm

Flower colour:
  • White
Foliage colour:
  • Silver
  • Features: Flowers

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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.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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