Pachysandra procumbens Michx.

Allegheny Pachysandra, Allegheny Spurge, Mountain Spurge

Family: Buxaceae

Genus: Pachysandra

Category: Groundcover

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: To 12" tall and wide

Exposure: Part Shade, Shade


Leaves, coarsely-toothed, in whorls, silver dotted mottling. Evergreen from zone 7b up.

From Bot. Reg. An herbaceous perennial evergreen plant of humble growth... A perfectly hardy plant, and will grow in any shady situation; flowering in March and April.


Introduced in 1800. Found by Michaux in the Alleghany mountains.

Native to the southeastern US.

Published in Fl. Bor.-Amer. (Michaux) 2: 178 in 1803. PlantList shows the name as unresolved.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 1: 33 in 1815.

From Bot. Reg. Native of rocky parts in the Alleghany mountains, where it grows in shady situations. First found by Michaux... Introduced by Messrs. Frasers in 1800.

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