General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 12 inches
Plant Spread: Several feet; spreads slowly by bright orange-yellow stoloniferous roots.
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Foliage Mound Height: 12 inches
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Layering
Stolons and runners
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2003 Plant Select Winner

Common names
  • Cliff-Green
  • Canby's Mountain-Lover
  • Rat Stripper
  • Canbyi's Paxistima
  • Mountain Lover

Photo Gallery
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2010-05-25
on slope at little pond

Date: 2012-03-15
Location: My garden, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; zone 3.
Date: 2010-05-08
Location: Tyler Arboretum near Media, Pennsylvania
Date: 2012-03-18
larger colony at end of winter
Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, Pennsylvania
Date: 2011-12-18
plant between rocks and path
Location: Photo taken in my garden after a snow fall.
Date: 2013-01-29
Location: My garden, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; zone 3.
Date: 2013-10-04
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2010-05-25
one specimen that was planted in a garden
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2012-04-16
the tiny flowers in spring, with the tiny leaves
Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois
Date: 2019-11-24
mass of plant and labeled
Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois
Date: 2019-11-24
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2015-04-28
This flower is so tiny it is easy to miss.
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Nov 17, 2017 7:13 PM concerning plant:
    The generic name of Paxistima or Pachystima comes from Greek of "pachys" for thick and "stima" for stigma. The species name comes from being named after its botanic discoverer of William Marriott Canby in the 19th century. Native to some areas in the Appalachian Mountains from southwest Pennsylvania, west Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, a spot in northeast Kentucky and a spot in south Ohio. A rare plant in landscaping or gardening that one would have to find in a specialty nursery, as my biggest customer did in southeast PA. It is a sensitive plant and can die out with some kind of stress. I watched it for about a decade uphill above the little pond at my biggest customer's yard, and then there was a very wet year in 2015 and it died. It is a handsome and unique little broadleaf evergreen that is worth trying out. I recommend botanical gardens and arboretums to keep a good collection of this native species to help out the species. I found one good planted mass on the east side of Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois.
  • Posted by lauribob (N Central Wash. - the dry side - Zone 5b) on Apr 3, 2021 11:18 AM concerning plant:
    A tidy, low-growing, evergreen ground cover that thrives in alkaline soil. Its attractive, glossy foliage will spread to 3 feet with little to no maintenance. It does not require shearing to look attractive.
  • Posted by growitall (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on Dec 7, 2012 6:58 PM concerning plant:
    A useful evergreen groundcover; insignificant flowers.

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