Pachysandra terminalis (Japan)
Habit: Creeping semi-shrub like a perennial, up to 0.3 m tall, slow-growing.
Flowers: Terminal white panicles, end of April to May.
Leaves: Evergreen, thick, reverse ovoid, 5-8 cm long, fresh green to shiny medium green.
Roots: Flat, forming runners, very sensitive to soil compaction, tolerate root pressure from trees.
Demands: Light shade to shade, does not like sun; cool, humid areas; usually frost hardy; tolerates urban areas; sensitive to wind.
Soil: Well drained, fresh to moist, slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soil, sandy or loamy humus; heavy soil is unsuitable.
Note: Fallen leaves disappear underneath the foliage of Pachysandra and so do not generally need cleaning.
Hardiness: Zone 5b