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Allegheny spurge

Pachysandra procumbens

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This clump-forming, semi-evergreen perennial has long prostrate stems and pewter-green foliage. Fragrant, bottlebrush-like white flowers are borne on 2- to 4-inch-long spikes in spring, as the foliage appears.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsThis native of the eastern U.S. is useful as a groundcover in a shrub border or massed in the woodland garden.

CareGrow in any soil, except very dry.

PropagationDivide in spring. Root softwood cuttings in early summer.

ProblemsLeaf spot, dieback, and stem rot. May be damaged by slugs and snails.

  • Genus : Pachysandra
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Moisture : Adaptable
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Showy Foliage
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : White

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