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Herbaceous Perennial

Pachysandra terminalis 'Variegata' (v)
  • RHS AGM

variegated Japanese spurge

A mat-forming dwarf evergreen subshrub to 20cm in height, with cream-margined, rhomboidal leaves to 5cm in length, and small white flowers in erect spikes in early summer

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Poorly–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Cream Green
Summer White Cream Green
Autumn Cream Green
Winter Cream Green
Position
  • Full shade
  • Partial shade
Aspect

North–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Buxaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Matforming
Genus

Pachysandra are mat-forming evergreen perennials or subshrubs with creeping stems and short upright branches bearing leathery leaves clustered at the tips, and erect spikes of small flowers, the males with prominent white stamens

Name status

Accepted

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in any soil, except very dry, in full or partial shade; can be invasive in moist soils

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Ground cover
  • Banks and slopes
  • Underplanting of roses and shrubs
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be attacked by slugs and snails

Diseases

Generally disease free

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