Friday, November 23, 2007

Variegated Japanese Pachysandra

Variegated Japanese Pachysandra
Pachysandra terminalis 'Variegata'
(pak-ih-SAN-druh) (term-in-AL-iss)
Synonyms: Japanese Spurge, Silver Edge Pachysandra

While cleaning up some leaves I was looking at my Silver Edge Pachysandra and wondered why more people don’t grow it. It is a great groundcover for brightening up shady areas and having something a little different. The one knock against it is that it grows slower than the species. Pachysandra seems to be one of those plants that you either like or don’t. I rarely include it in designs because it invokes a negative response from a lot of people. To me it is a good problem solver and in the right area it works well. I have been using some ‘Green Sheen’ Pachysandra here and there. That one has a much glossier leaf than the regular type, its leaf is all green.

If you are thinking of planting Pachysandra consider the Variegated ‘Silver Edge’. It is slightly more expensive and slow growing but it pays for that with beauty.

The weather roller coaster is already starting to kick in. Yesterday the temperatures were in the 60’s (F) and today it is only suppose to get into the middle 30’s with a low in the teens. I hope it doesn’t get too cold right away I still have a lot of outside work to do.


Andrea said...

It is a beautiful plant. I will have to check into this and see if it will grow well in my area of Georgia. I hope it does because I would love to plant some.

Vanillalotus said...

What a great plant. Some people don't know how to appreciate great beauty. I'm glad you are giving it the love it deserves.

David said...

Sounds like an interesting plant to grow, I'll have to see if it will grow in Australia. Nice photo too. :)


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Digital Flower Pictures said...

Hi andrea, If the regular type of Pachysandra grows than this one should too.

VL, One of the best things about this blog is I get to talk about the plants that I like to grow.

David, thanks. Could you let know if it grows in Australia? That would be nice to know.

Ewa said...

This is really great to meet another Pachysandra fan. I like them a lot and grow them in my garden as well.
You may have a look also at elegant villa garden, that I visited and they also grow Pachysandra:

Variegated version is great for dark parts of the garden - I fully agree.
I am really curious why people do not like it?