Botanical Name: Pachysandra procumbens
White spikes that rise 3 to 4" from the soil line.
Early spring - usually so
Dull green, often with a white mottling on top.
A dry capsule that is seldom produced.
A low growing groundcover that can be semi-evergreen depending on location. Spreads by underground stems.
6 to 10" tall but spreading.
Full to partial shade.
Central to southeastern United States
Description: Pachysandra terminalis, Japanese Spurge, is grown to such an extent that I think most people are bored with it. Its dark green shiny leaves are excellent in a shady spot, but it has almost been overdone. Pachysandra procumbens is a bit different. The leaf shape is the same, but it is a duller green with white markings on top. It may or may not stay evergreen depending on the location, but in the spring of the year, it sends up spikes of white flowers, sometimes as much as 3 to 4 inches above the soil. These are very attractive and add a new dimension to shady spots in the early spring. I like it very much. Although we donít grow many, I want to keep it in our list because it is such an interesting ground cover and rock garden plant and, of course, wonderful for native plant gardens.