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Pachyphragma macrophyllum

Pachyphragma macrophyllum Photo/Illustration: C. Colston Burrell


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: 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.
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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