Pachysandra terminalis

Pachysandra growing with hostas in the shade garden

Zones: 4 to 9
Light: Shade
Bloom Time: Spring
Height: 8″ to 12″
Spread: 12″ to 24″

Pachysandra is a low growing evergreen perennial that grows in full shade and is native to the North Eastern United States.

It is the perfect answer for an evergreen ground cover that will thrive in the hard to grow areas of dry shade and clay soil.

Pachysandra terminalis

Although it produces insignificant white flowers in spring, it is grown for its deer and rabbit resistant dark green foliage.

It spreads by runners and so forms a dense weed barrier.

The rhizomes need to be dug up annually or barriers need to be installed to contain the spread of Pachysandra, otherwise this is a good low maintenance ground cover.

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This post was originally published on June 18, 2020 but was updated with new content on December 8, 2021.