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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Pachysandra (Greek, thick stamen). Buxaceae.

Perennial herbs or subshrubs of some value as ground- cover in shade for their more or less evergreen leaves.

Stems prostrate or ascending, 6-12 in. high, from rootstocks, scaly below: lvs. alternate, usually coarsely toothed, evergreen or deciduous, 3-nerved: spikes staminate above, with a few pistillate fls. at the base of each; staminate fls. with 4 sepals and stamens and a rudimentary pistil; sepals variable in the pistillate fls.; petals none; pistil 3-celled, 2 ovules in each cell, the 3 styles spreading, filaments thick, exerted, conspicuous, usually white: seeds smooth. — Two species known: of low and dense growth, with very early fls. attractive to bees, and masses of bright green lvs. Easily prop. by division in ordinary soils. Good for rockeries.

In the vicinity of Boston, P. procumbens is deciduous, and is desirable only from the feature of its curious flowers borne so extremely early in the spring. The foliage is of a dingy color and deciduous, whereas P. terminalis is a true evergreen with thick, glossy foliage forming a dense mat, making a very desirable low- growing cover-plant, succeeding admirably either in full sun or partial shade. The variety variegata is a very choice cover plant for ornamental effects.CH

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P. coriacea, Hook. = Sarcococca pruniformis. Lindl. CH


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