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Pachysandra procumbens

Allegheny Spurge

Scientific Name:

Pachysandra procumbens

Genus:

Pachysandra

Species Epithet:

procumbens

Common Name:

Allegheny Spurge

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Buxaceae (Boxwood Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

March, April

Growing Area:

Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Moist rich woods…The only locations for this species in NC are in Polk County, NC, which has other notable disjunctions of species which normally occur west of the Blue Ridge (Weakley 2015). Rare in NC Piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S1: Critically imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G4 - Apparently Secure, G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

E: Endangered (*Key)

Notes:

"A lovely, well adapted, low groundcover for the Southeast woodland landscape or shade garden." Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center
NC Natural Heritage Program Global Rank: G4G5.

Old Leaves & New Bloom

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Tom Harville

Buds

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Tom Harville

Blooms

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Tom Harville
Mid March

Blooms Close Up

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Tom Harville
Mid March

Leaves Early Spring

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Tom Harville

Note that the mottling develops over the winter.

Leaves, Early Fall

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Tom Harville

New Leaves

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Pete Schubert
Early April '10

Note the one whitish leaf. There's no obvious explanation but we will watch it in years to come.

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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