Pachysandra terminalis 'Green Sheen' (Buxaceae)
'Green Sheen' thrives in the shade of our Yellowwood tree as a deep green, shiny ground cover of 4-6". So shiny, in fact, it looks like somebody snuck out and sprayed the tops with furniture polish. Multibranched stems terminate in clusters of smooth leaves, toothed toward the apex, that radiate out into a loose covering. Most people miss the inconspicuous white flowers in late spring; the foliage is the strength of this plant. Pachysandra terminalis spreads by underground rhizomes and can stand alone as a pleasing rich green carpet beneath trees or is open enough to allow other shade-loving perennials, such as Astillbe, Acanthus, or Carex, to pop through and coexist for an interesting texture mix. Don't forget to underplant with spring-flowering bulbs; dwarf daffodils, Anemone coronaria, Scilla campanulata, or Galanthus push up through the foil of evergreen leaves with ease. Introduced by Dale Chapman at the University of CT. Not native.
Bloom color: white
Bloom period: late-spring
Container size: Qt.