Allegheny spurge (Pachysandra procumbens)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 6 - 18 inches
Plant Spread: 6 - 12 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Semi-evergreen
Variegated
Flowers: Other: small whitish flowers from separate stems
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Provides winter interest
Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Other Beneficial Insects
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Division

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Photo gallery:
Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2014-04-13close-up of flowers
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-09-03a slowly sreading clump
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Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IllinoisDate: 2007-02-05patch at gift shop in late summer of 1980's
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Location: Mount Cuba Center, Hockessin, DelawareDate: 2018-06-29a great patch of this groundcover
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Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
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Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
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Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Location: Vienna, VADate: 2017-08-24growing in the shade at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, V
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2014-05-10new foliage pushing above old foliage after winter
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2014-04-13flowers
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2018-05-24a patch along east of house, old leaves never cut off
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Location: Mount Cuba Center, Hockessin, DelawareDate: 2018-06-29large patch of groundcover
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Mar 7, 2018 2:53 PM

I bought a pot of this Alleghany Pachysandra from a local native plant nursery about 2009 or so, and planted it right along the east foundation of my house in partial shade and in a moist, good quality clay soil. It has been doing well and slowly expanding northward ever since. I consider it as semi-evergreen. There is green colour in the foliage all year, but not nice and fresh once the real cold hits. In early spring I can cut back the old foliage for early neatness, but I don't have to, as the new growth will cover the old. It is a very nice, reliable groundcover. Its native range is from eastern Kentucky & West Virginia down into Florida to Louisiana. It is sold by a good number of native plant nurseries and by some larger, diverse conventional nurseries. I maybe the only one in my small town that owns some, as it is not commonly planted, which is too bad. (The Japanese Pachysandra that is waxy and fully evergreen is the species that is so completely, abundantly planted in so many yards, actually over-planted.)

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