March Flora Spotlight:
Allegheny Spurge

Allegheny Spurge
Pachysandra procumbens 

Pachysandra procumbens is an East Coast member of the Buxaceae (Boxwood) family and is commonly referred to as "Allegheny or Mountain Spurge". In the early spring this native evergreen ground cover shoots up beautiful spikes of pink and white blooms.  These  very fragrant flowers last for a week or two. Soon after the flowers have set seed, the first vegetative shoots poke their heads through the soil and their dark green leaves begin to unfold. Once the new shoots mature, the previous seasonís growth disappears. In deep shade, the foliage remains a dark luxurious, green all summer. 

Many exceptional features set this native Pachysandra apart from the over-used Asian variety. One of the main differences can be seen in the foliage; it has mottled, rounded, gray-green leaves that are held in loose whorls. It is also a much less aggressive spreader. 

It is happy in part or full shade and in any dry or damp organic soil. Well suited for covering the ground under shrubs or at the front of the border it is best grown in groups and allowed to spread. Allegheny spurge is generally disease and pest resistant. 

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