Pachysandra

Pachysandra

[pak-uh-san-druh]
Pachysandra: see box.

Pachysandra is a genus of four or five species of evergreen groundcovers or subshrubs, belonging to the Boxwood Family, Buxaceae. The species are native to eastern Asia and southeast North America, some reaching a height of 20-45 cm, with only weakly woody stems. The leaves are alternate, leathery, with an entire to coarsely toothed margin, and range from 5-10 cm long.Species

Cultivation and uses

Pachysandra can grow in deep-shade areas and is thus well-suited and popular as a ground cover for shade gardens. The most commonly used species is P. terminalis, the Japanese Spurge, which is an aggressively spreading evergreen ground cover. All species in this genus prefer a well-drained soil with a high humus content.

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