Pachysandra procumbems, commonly known as Allegheny spurge, is a member of the boxwood family. Native to the United States, from West Virginia, Louisiana and Florida, P. procumbens is a ground cover, hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture Hardiness Zones 4 through 11, that spreads by rhizomes. P. procumbens grows 6 to 10 inches high, blooms in April with pink or white flowers and thrives in shady areas of the garden. P. procumbens is fairly easy to culture once it is established in the garden.
Water the pachysandra deeply once a week to keep the soil moist. During rainy periods, decrease the irrigation frequency.
Fertilize the pachysandra in the spring. Use a slow-release, 10-10-10 fertilizer, at the rate suggested on the package.
Control the pachysandra’s spread by using small clippers or shears to cut it back. Although P. procumbens is slow-growing and slow to spread, it may eventually spread beyond where you wish it to grow.
Apply a 2-inch layer of mulch around the newly-planted pachysandra. Mulch helps to conserve moisture in the soil and discourage weed growth.