As promised, here’s the native alternative to the ubiquitous Japanese pachysandra (Pachysandra terminalis, USDA Hardiness Zones 4-8). It’s Alleghany spurge (Pachysandra procumbens, Zones 5-9)! It has a much more matte appearance than the Japanese sort, and while this sounds like it’d be boring, it’s actually quite nice, I think… Allegheny spurge is native to the southeastern United States and grows to 12 inches tall, spreading indefinitely. It might not be quite as evergreen as the more common variety, but it’s worth it, don’t you think? Do you grow this alternative? Chime in below and let us know if it measures up in performance.
This has the potential to turn into a groundcover-themed week here at the GPOD. Got any groundcover photos you’d like to share? Email me!
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