Japanese Spurge, Pachysandra 'Green Carpet'

Pachysandra terminalis

Family: Buxaceae
Genus: Pachysandra (pak-ih-SAN-druh) (Info)
Species: terminalis (term-in-AL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Green Carpet



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


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


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Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer


Grown for foliage



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Little Rock, Arkansas

Beacon Falls, Connecticut

New Milford, Connecticut

Indianapolis, Indiana

Council Bluffs, Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

Melbourne, Kentucky

Avon, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Mcville, North Dakota

Cleveland, Ohio

Ashland, Oregon

Albrightsville, Pennsylvania

Marshalls Creek, Pennsylvania

Milton, Pennsylvania

Knoxville, Tennessee

New Caney, Texas

Menasha, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 15, 2013, devinskelton from BEACON FALLS, CT wrote:

I love this ground cover - I can't get enough of it. I started off with a few patches on my property and have relocated to surrounds under most of my trees. Our property is mostly shade and the pachysandra loves it here. I bought some started plants once but they took forever to fill in. I now watch Craigslist for adds giving it away fro free. In New England it can really take over if you don't edge it in. To transplant large sections in a hurry I roll it up like sod - cutting about 18" wide strips about 6 feet long. I use a flat blade shovel to cut under the roots and roll it up. When I get to the destination I can cut it into smaller sections and position it where I need it or just roll it out.

It stands up to light treading if you need to work on/around it. I use... read more


On Apr 13, 2011, kierkier from Iowa City, IA wrote:

I like the height of this ground cover and I find the blossoms fragrant, though i don't see that noted elsewhere on this forum. In fact I bought them for their fragrance from the local garden center. I think the blossoms are sweet-honey scented, and they bloomed early this spring after I planted them last spring in zone 4/5.

They are spreading gradually as I spaced them ~14" apart, but I have seen dense cover and they look wonderful - like a raised carpet.


On Sep 29, 2006, echoes from South of Winnipeg, MB (Zone 3a) wrote:

This plant is hardy in my Manitoba garden.


On Dec 12, 2005, bigcityal from Menasha, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Decent slow spreading groundcover. Some flowers earlier in the year. Likes shade can tolerate some sun. Some insect and disease problems.


On Dec 4, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant is probably hardy to zone 3. It makes an awesome groundcover. The foliage is a waxy dark green. It grows very well in full shade. It prefers somewhat moist conditions. It cannot tolerate hard soils (clay). It reaches a height of 10-12". Blooms are inconspicuous.