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Pachysandra procumbens

Pachysandra procumbens Michx.

 

Pachysandra, Alleghany Spurge, Alleghany Pachysandra

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderMalpighialesA broad group encompassing 16,000 species
FamilyBuxaceaeThe “box” or “boxwood” family
GenusPachysandraFrom pachys, “thick,” and aner, for “stamen,” for the thickened white filaments
Speciesprocumbens“Stooping,” low

About plant names...

Allegheny pachysandra is native to North America. This low, densely growing plants are popular as a ground cover.

Identification: Plants are 6-10" (15-25 cm) high. Technically they are evergreen shrubs, although their small size doesn’t exactly suggest “shrub.” Leaves are approximately oval in shape, toothed, alternate, 1¾-4" (5-10 cm) long, minutely hairy, sometimes mottled. Pinkish spikes up to 4" (10 cm) high contain fragrant white flowers.

Online References:

Pachysandra procumbens on Carolina Nature, from Will Cook

Pachysandra procumbens at the Vanderbilt University Bioimages web site

Pachysandra procumbens at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Pachysandra procumbens at the University of Connecticut Plant Database

Pachysandra procumbens on Southeastern Flora, the Southeastern U.S. Plant Identification Resource

Pachysandra procumbens (Pachysandra, Alleghany Spurge, Alleghany Pachysandra)

Budding in February. · 2/11/2012 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Ayer, MA
≈ 15 × 10" (39 × 26 cm)

Pachysandra procumbens (Pachysandra, Alleghany Spurge, Alleghany Pachysandra)

4/29/2007 · Greenville, TN · By Philip A. Despo ID is uncertain

Pachysandra procumbens (Pachysandra, Alleghany Spurge, Alleghany Pachysandra)

4/10/2010 · Tom & Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm)

Pachysandra procumbens description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 15 Oct 2013.

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Pachysandra procumbens (Pachysandra, Alleghany Spurge, Alleghany Pachysandra)

9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
≈ 24 × 16" (62 × 41 cm)

Pachysandra procumbens (Pachysandra, Alleghany Spurge, Alleghany Pachysandra)

4/24/2007 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 14 × 9" (35 × 23 cm)

Pachysandra procumbens (Pachysandra, Alleghany Spurge, Alleghany Pachysandra)

4/29/2017 · Tom and Susan's, Pepperell, MA
≈ 4 × 2½" (10 × 7.1 cm)

Pachysandra procumbens (Pachysandra, Alleghany Spurge, Alleghany Pachysandra)

5/8/2007 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 17 × 12" (44 × 29 cm)

Pachysandra procumbens (Pachysandra, Alleghany Spurge, Alleghany Pachysandra)

4/10/2010 · Tom & Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm)

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