- Pachysandra procumbens Hardy Planting Zones- 5-9 Sun or Shade – Partial to Full Shade Mature Height - 6-12" Mature Width- 1-2' Bloom Season – Spring (March-April) Gardener Status- Beginner
Allegheny Spurge - Pachysandra procumbens
Pachysandra Procumbens or Allegheny Spurge is part of the Buxaceae family and is a native of the Southeastern United States. It is said that this is one of the more popular plants that is used for ground coverage, best to be planted in a shaded area whether its under a deciduous tree or along a shaded riverbank. It may have a problem with leaf blight which may need fungicidal application. Root and stem may also occur, and aphids may pay a few visit, please bare in mind that these only really occur when that plant is not taken care of adequately. You will often see them growing around river banks and shaded slopes. It is also tolerates drought and dense shade. This plant makes a wonderful ground cover because of the width that it can spread. As it grows and blooms, it provides a beautiful look as the bare ground is covered in small green leaves. When it blooms, it provides small white flowers that appear in the spring and summer months. Homeowners and gardeners love this plant because of the ease it is to grow and care for. They also grow to become very dense and thick. Known by its common name, Allegheny spurge, pachysandra procumbens (Pachysandra procumbens L.), is native to the Southeastern United States. It is a herbaceous perennial most often used as a ground cover.
Pachysandra procumbens is one of the rare plants that grows in dry conditions in partial to full shade, although it does better in moister conditions. A low maintenance plant, it is perfect for naturalizing in gardens or areas dedicated to native plants.
It grows from eight to 12 inches high and spreads by underground rhizomes, eventually forming a dense carpet of its blue-green leaves that have purple and white mottling. Leaves are slightly egg-shaped, about three inches long, toothed at the terminal end but not toothed at the base. Fragrant but tiny greenish-white to all white flowers bloom in two- to four-inch spikes in early spring, before new leaves unfurl.
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