PlantFiles: Japanese Spurge, Pachysandra Pachysandra terminalis
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Hardiness: USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade Light Shade Partial to Full Shade
On Mar 11, 2011, themikeman from Concord, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:
My Mother and Grandmother grew Pachysandras groundcover in my childhood home in the catskill mtns near Kingston NY, along with Periwinkles which i think were vinca bowles variety but im not sure.anyway what im getting at, is that Pachysandras are not only a really cool, neat groundcover, but a wonderful memory for me..peace..mike.
On Apr 7, 2010, diamonddi from hollister, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:
This plant has provided our landscape with beautiful erosion control year round. It grows beautifully in the sun and in the deep shade, for me. However, I do give it plenty of water in the summer. It is easily pulled up (roots and all) if you find it growing out of bounds.
On Jan 16, 2006, raywestmi from Holland, MI wrote:
It is a good ground cover, but it is taking over my garden and moving into my lawn. It sends shoots over 3 ft into my grass, and it makes a dense root mass up to 24" into the ground. It is overgrowing many other plants in my garden. It is January 16, and it is the only thing green with leaves.
This is a fair enough groundcover, but a bit common and plain for me to want more than a small area of it. In my garden it blooms in April, but they are rather insignificant blooms. My information says it is hardy in zones 3-9.
On Jul 12, 2004, zorba from Lake George, MN (Zone 3a) wrote:
I've had this plant in my yard for over ten years and it has done extremely well. One of the first to bloom in spring and a vibrant green through out the summer. It has spread slowly, but has made a solid carpet and looks great. All this in Zone 3a.
On Apr 8, 2004, Michael_PS from Cleveland, OH wrote:
I agree with the others - pachysandra is maintenance-free. It survives winter, dog's walking over it, and just about anything. And it grows good and looks great! The photo on this site looks like it came from my back yard!
On Sep 15, 2003, Bricca from Sugar Grove, NC wrote:
This is a great groundcover - attractive year-round. Tolerates traffic from our five dogs, and allows perennials to poke up through it very well. Has a very natural, native woods look. Looks great without any care at all.
On Aug 3, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
Excellent groundcover. Stays green all year long and requires very little maintenance.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Montgomery, Alabama Prescott, Arizona East Shore, California North Decatur, Georgia Bloomington, Illinois Caseyville, Illinois Chicago, Illinois Marquette Heights, Illinois Washington, Illinois Indianapolis, Indiana Derby, Kansas Prospect, Kentucky Cornville, Maine Rockport, Massachusetts Tyngsborough, Massachusetts Holland, Michigan Plainwell, Michigan Royal Oak, Michigan Lake George, Minnesota Glendale, Missouri (2 reports) St Joseph, Missouri Englewood, New Jersey Hanover Township, New Jersey East Kingston, New York Jefferson, New York Cary, North Carolina Concord, North Carolina Elizabeth City, North Carolina Elrod, North Carolina Oak Ridge, North Carolina Sugar Grove, North Carolina Niles, Ohio Parma Heights, Ohio Enid, Oklahoma Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Cottage Grove, Oregon Rockcreek, Oregon Altoona, Pennsylvania Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania West Goshen, Pennsylvania India Hook, South Carolina West Valley City, Utah Herndon, Virginia Oakton, Virginia Issaquah, Washington Olympia, Washington Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin Muscoda, Wisconsin