Pachysandra terminalis

Pachysandra terminalis

 Pachysandra terminalis

 Japanese spurge

  • Position: full shade, partial shade or full sun
  • Soil: grow in any soil, except very dry soil
  • Flowering period: April to May
  • Height: 0,2-0,3m
  • Foliage: evergreen
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

Pachysandra terminalis, commonly known as Japanese spurge, is a neat, evergreen perennial with rosettes of toothed, dark green leaves and tiny white flowers in early spring. Good for low-maintenance gardening.

Pachysandra terminalis grows best in full shade but will tolerate partial shade or full sun.


Pachysandra terminalis ‘Green Carpet’

Pachysandra terminalis ‘Green Carpet’. This spreading, evergreen perennial bears attractive, dark green toothed leaves topped by tiny, insignificant white flowers. Grows to 20cm in height. Its low height makes it useful for groundcover.

Pachysandra terminalis ‘Green Sheen’

Pachysandra terminalis ‘Green Sheen’ is slightly different with very glossy, dark green leaves to 7cm in length. It’s more tolerant of sun than other varieties.

Pachchysandra terminalis ‘Variegata’

For a white and green variegated form consider Pachchysandra terminalis ‘Variegata’.

Pachysandra terminalis
Pachysandra terminalis                     Pachysandra grown as a ground cover


How do you prune Pachysandra terminalis (Japanese spurge). Pachysandra terminalis needs little pruning. If necessary, trim the tips of the stems to keep the plant looking tidy. Do this job in spring.

How to plant Pachysandra terminalis

Pachysandra terminalis (Japanese spurge) as a ground cover best planted in a group. Add plenty of compost to the soil before planting. Planting distance.

Plant Pachysandra terminalis (Japanese spurge) 15cm apart.

Young pachysandra plants should be watered regularly when conditions are dry.

Plant combination

Pachysandra terminalis looks good planted with Hellebore, Acer palmatum, Carex, Liriope muscari.

Helleborus orientalis