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Pachysandra terminalis Green Sheen


Japanese spurge

Great for groundcover

A really useful evergreen ground cover plant which spreads to form carpets of short, upright stems topped with whorls of shining, leathery emerald green leaves.  This variety has extra shiny leaves with a permanently wet appearance. Tiny greenish white flowers appear in clusters at the tips of the shoots, but these are very secondary to the leaves. A superb plant to enhance bare ground beneath deciduous shrubs and trees.


Plant in shade. Ideal under deciduous trees or in shady corners in the open ground.


thrives on most reasonably fertile soils except for shallow chalk soils. No pruning required. Brush off fallen leaves in winter using a broom or plastic rake. 

Plant this green pachysandra under variegated shrubs to enhance their colours

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub, Ground cover
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - June
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 10 cm - 20 cm
Plant width 30 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 20 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From April to September