Pachysandra is a low-maintenance groundcover with dark green, leathery leaves and insignificant flowers. They are classified as evergreens and will not lose the foliage in the winter, but the leaves may turn a slightly yellow color in the winter or if exposed to too much sunlight. Small white flowers will appear in spring and early summer.
Pachysandra prefer shade and indirect watering. If watered from the top, the dense leaves may retain too much moisture and develop a mold or fungus - proper air circulation is key. Root rot is possible if soil is overly saturated.
This is an extremely popular groundcover that can often be found under trees and shrubs, along walkways or along banks and hillsides. Japanese Pachysandra is a great low-maintenance way to fill in bare spots in a landscape, as weeding and watering are rarely required.
These plants are unattractive to deer and are a popular choice in areas where deer ticks and Lyme disease could otherwise become a concern.