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Pachysandra terminalis 'Silver Edge' (Japanese Spurge)

Japanese Spurge 'Silver Edge', Variegated Japanese Spurge, Pachysandra terminalis 'Variegata'


Adding a splash of color to shady areas of the garden, award-winning Pachysandra terminalis 'Silver Edge' or 'Variegata' (Japanese Spurge) is a very popular, shrubby, evergreen ground cover. It features particularly attractive glossy, rhomboid, gray-green to dark green leaves, 2 in. long (5 cm), with creamy edges. Growing via underground runners to form a dense carpet of beautifully variegated foliage, 'Silver Edge' is a less aggressive spreader than species plants. Tiny white flower spikes appear in mid to late spring, but the real added value of this plant is its attractive foliage. Exceptional performance in deep shade or underneath mature shade trees where grass doesn't grow.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Forms a mat up to 6-12 in. tall (15-30 cm) and 12-18 in. wide (30-45 cm). This perennial groundcover can live up to 20 years under satisfactory growing conditions.
  • A part shade to full shade lover, it is best grown in rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils. This plant is not fussy about soils and tolerates a wide range of conditions. Soils shouldn't be allowed to dry out. Clay soil, dry soil and drought tolerant! Highly tolerant of urban pollution too.
  • Perfect for the shade gardens, as groundcover or underplanting shrubs. Great for banks and slopes, erosion control, woodland gardens.
  • A hardy, low-maintenance and forgiving perennial, it is also deer and rabbit resistant
  • Virtually pest-free and disease free. May be attacked by slugs and snails.
  • Propagate by division in spring

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Pachysandra - Japanese Spurges
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 6" (15cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Evergreen
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Edging, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Pachysandra - Japanese Spurges
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 6" (15cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Evergreen
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Edging, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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