The Plant Company

Bringing your garden to life


01403 740100

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The Plant Company
Coolham Road
West Chiltington
West Sussex
RH20 2LH

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Opening times:
Tuesday-Friday, 9:00-17:30 Closed public holidays


The Plants

Pachysandra terminalis

japanese spurge

Photo of Pachysandra terminalis


A versatile, dwarf shrub, popular for over a century for its ability to spread into a dense, evergreen carpet beneath other taller shrubs. It needs some degree of shade and acid soils, hence its popularity for underplanting rhododendrons.


  • Perennials

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Foliage: Evergreen

Hardiness: Hardy

Vigour: Medium growing


  • Beds and borders
  • Cottage style garden
  • Slopes/banks
  • Woodland area
  • Contemporary style garden
  • Japanese style garden
  • Gravel garden

Special features

  • Attractive to wildlife
  • Low maintenance
  • Drought tolerant
  • Evergreen
  • Ground cover
  • Winter interest
  • Attractive to bees

Care instructions

Grow in moist but well-drained acidic soil in partial shade. Lift and divide congested colonies in autumn or spring.


Size: Small

Pot size: 2 litre

Eventual height: 25cm

Eventual spread: 60cm


  • Light shade
  • Shade


  • East
  • West
  • North

Soil types

  • Sandy
  • Normal
  • Clay

Soil pH ranges

  • Acid
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline

Special conditions

  • Dry shade