Japanese Spurge Pachysandra

Japanese Spurge Pachysandra


The Japanese Spurge plant, Pachysandra terminalis, and also known as Pachysandra, is a shrubby, evergreen ground cover which grows 8-12" high and spreads by rhizomes to form a dense carpet of rich, dark green foliage. Oval leaves (2-4" long) appear primarily in whorls at the stem ends. Tiny white flowers in 1-2" long, terminal (hence the species name) spikes bloom in early spring. Flowers are not particularly showy, but on close inspection are quite attractive. Pachysandra can be used as a lawn substitute in shaded non-traffic areas and ground cover for shade areas. It is an excellent selection for shaded areas under shallow-rooted trees. Plant 6 inches apart. This perennial plant needs partial shade to full shade to prosper.

  • Mature Spread: 1 - 2 feet

  • Soil Type: Widely Adaptable

  • Moisture: Moist, Well Drained

  • Mature Form: 6 - 8 inches

  • Growth Rate: Fast Spreader

  • Sun Exposure: Full Shade - Partial Sun

  • Flower Color: White

  • Fall Color: Evergreen

  • Flowering Date: March to April

  • Foliage Color: Green

  • Zones: 4-8


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Information source: University of Missouri - Horticulture


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Japanese Spurge Pachysandra