Pachyphragma macrophyllum

Pachyphragma macrophyllum

Photo/Illustration: 
C. Colston Burrell
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(Pachyphragma macrophyllum)
Synonyms:  Thlaspi macrophyllum
Genus:  Pachyphragma
Rounded, ruffled leaves form a solid, weed-free, evergreen ground cover. In the spring, elongating shoots open to rounded heads of small four-petaled white flowers. Plants remain in bloom for nearly a month, opening new flowers from expanding terminal clusters as well as from numerous side shoots. Mature plants stand 12 to 18 inches high when in flower, and spread in time to form clumps 2 to 3 feet wide.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Heat tolerant. Attractive leaves and flowers. Good ground cover and as underplanting for shrubs. Related to garlic mustard, but not invasive.
Care:  Provide humus-rich, woodsy soil and full sun or light shade while in active spring growth. Tolerates dense, dry shade in summer.
Propagation:  Sow seed in containers in a cold frame in fall, or divide or take basal stem cuttings in late spring.
Problems:  Slugs.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Slow Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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