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Pachysandra procumbens (Allegheny spurge)
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Pachysandra procumbens

Allegheny spurge

Low-growing perennial groundcover; spreads via long rhizomes
Fragrant white (staminate) blossoms early spring
Leaves and stems are evergreen
Foliage has scalloped margin and are marbled with silver and purple
Native species grows slowly and will not take over like P. terminalis

Why plant English Ivy, Vinca or Liriope when you can enjoy this native evergreen gem? Fragrant, white flower spikes appear in spring, later becoming camouflaged by a new flush of gorgeous, crisp green foliage. Leaves have a scalloped margin and take on an attractive pale silver mottling.

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6-10 Inches


1-2 Feet


12 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

Allegheny spurge Interesting Notes

Pachysandra procumbens is an attractive native groundcover with its mottled, evergreen foliage and fragrant white bottlebrush-shaped flowers in early to mid-spring. It spreads slowly to form a dense carpet 8-10” tall. Allegheny pachysandra performs well in a variety of soils from moist to dry and a range of soil pH as long as it is growing in partial to full shade. This woodland plant is also considered by many to be very deer and drought resistant. Pachysandra procumbens is a versatile plant that makes a lovely companion for many plants including Hydrangea quercifoliaLeucothoe fontanesianaRhododendron vaseyiPhlox divaricata, and Polemonium reptans. - Mt. Cuba Center

Pachysandra procumbens Growing and Maintenance Tips

Plant in moist, humus-rich, acidic soil under part to full shade.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Late Summer
Early Spring
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Propagation Type
Ornamental Foliage
Moist Shade
Native to North America