• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 4 to 6 in. tall, spreading slowly by underground stems.
    Key Feature:
    Shade Loving Groundcover
    Blooms:
    Early spring; may repeat in fall.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:pack-ee-SAND-rah ax-ILL-ar-iss
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Average landscape size:Reaches 4 to 6 in. tall, spreading slowly by underground stems.
    Special features:Easy Care, Year-round Interest
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Early spring; may repeat in fall.
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant
    Companion PlantsHosta (Hosta); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Periwinkle (Vinca); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Brunnera (Brunnera)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in rich, moist, slightly acidic, well-drained soils. Prefers cool, shaded settings. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system. Space 2 to 3 ft. apart as groundcover; closer for faster coverage. Control weeds with mulch until plants fill in.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
  • History & Lore
    Lore:
    Pachysandra is related to the boxwoods, and though it has a much different growth habit and needs shade, it offers similar durability.

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