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- Botanical Name:
- Pachysandra Procumbens
- Hardiness Zone:
- 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9
- Mature Height:
- 6-12 ft
- Mature Width:
- 12-18 in
- Growth Per Year:
- 6-12 ft
- Light Requirement:
- Full Sun , Partial Sun , Full Shade
- Soil Requirement:
- 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
Pachysandra is a favorite among many gardeners for ground cover since it grows well in shaded areas even with poor soil. Unlike many plants, pachysandra doesn't need a lot of nutrients and can grow happily in hard-to-grow areas. Growing pachysandra plants is easy if you have an abundance of shade. Pachysandra is known for producing their beautiful small, white flowers in the spring and is known for being easy to take care of.
Native in Japan and Northern China, it is commonly referred to as Japanese Pachysandra. It typically produces its beautiful white bloom in April but maintains beautiful green leaves year-round.
Many homeowners with backyards like to use pachysandra as a green carpet to coat the ground beneath tall. shady trees. It stays green throughout winter and provides a beautiful landscape to admire from any window or patio. In spring, magnificent white flora emerge and can be enjoyed over and over again every summer season.
The low-starting plants can seemingly survive anything you, your kids, or mother nature throws at them. The dark foliage is ideal for creating contrast among any flowers you may choose to plant alongside.
Pachysandra can easily be transplanted from garden divisions in the spring season and prefers moist and shaded soil. Because the plants like to spread below the soil, it is best to plant them six to twelve inches apart. When planting, it is important that there is no debris or leaves and that the soil is loose. The new plants should be planted four inches below the surface and have about six inches in width to grow. Pachysandra ground cover can burn in the sun if you aren't careful, which is why it needs to be planted in shady locations and should be planted on a cloudy day. The plants should be watered thoroughly when planted and need two inches of mulch to help retain the water.
The leaves are a dark green and streaked with light green. Female flowers grow from the base of the flower spike; they are inconspicuous; enclosed in four reddish bracts. Male flowers grow at the top of the flower spike with 4 - 7 white, fragrant stamens and no petals or sepals. Fruits are round capsules, about 1 cm long, with 2 - 4 pointed beaks that are rarely visible. Pachysandra is found primarily in South Eastern United States from West Virginia and Kentucky south to Florida, and west to Louisiana. Its natural habitat is moist hardwood forests in soils rich in calcium even though it can grow in drier soils and a range of soil PH the ideal soil for planting pachysandra is wet, loose and enriched with organic matter. The flowers blossom in early spring and wither in about one or two weeks. The leaves remain green throughout summer as long as they are not exposed to fierce sunlight. Pachysandra procumbens, however, spread slowly; cutting up the rhizomes and planting them will make Pachysandra is a very easy plant to propagate. You can take leaf cuttings in the early spring, but root divisions are quicker and more accessible. There are many joints on a mature rhizome. Root pieces taken in early spring, while the plants are still dormant, will produce new plants ready for planting the same season. Pachysandra is a very fast growing plant and will look good in a garden or natural area. This plant can grow to be around eleven inches tall and around eighteen inches wide. It also loves well-drained soil