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Pachysandra terminalis
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Plant Type: Perennials

Japanese pachysandra is a shrubby, evergreen ground cover which grows 8-12" high and spreads to form a dense carpet of rich, dark green foliage. Oval leaves appear with tiny white flowers in 1-2" long, terminal spikes bloom in early spring. Flowers are not particularly showy, but on close inspection are quite attractive.

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Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Best grown in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. Foliage tends to bleach when grown in too much sun. For use as a ground cover, plant 6-12" apart. Spreads rapidly by underground stems to form large colonies. Avoid overhead watering and thin plants periodically to promote good air circulation, particularly if plants have experienced problems with leaf blight.

Flower Color


Foliage Color

Dark Green

Plant Spread

12-18 in.

Good Companions

Plant Height

6-12 in.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Medium water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Ground cover, Evergreen

Bloom Time


Critter Resistance


Part to full shade

Growth Rate

Seasonal Interests

Winter interest