pach·​y·​san·​dra | \ ˌpa-ki-ˈsan-drə How to pronounce pachysandra (audio) \

Definition of pachysandra

: any of a genus (Pachysandra) of perennial evergreen plants of the box family often used as a ground cover

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Recent Examples on the Web Be careful not to confuse mountain spurge with similar-looking Japanese pachysandra (Pachysandra terminalis), which is invasive. Leanne Potts, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Oct. 2021 Late spring and early summer are the most common times to find active blight on pachysandra. Tim Johnson,, 17 July 2021 Could the aggressive pachysandra account for my Mugo pine appearing to dry out?, 18 July 2021 Divide the 42 square feet of the bed by the 0.45 square feet each plant will fill to calculate the number of plants to purchase, for a total of 93 pachysandra plants. Tim Johnson,, 9 May 2021 Remove weeds and debris and replace plants known to provide cover, including English ivy, periwinkle, pachysandra and hosta. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2019 Other options include planting a shade-tolerant ground cover such as pachysandra or Canadian ginger or installing mulch under the trees where grass is not growing. Tim Johnson,, 10 July 2018 Allegheny pachysandra, for example, is a four season actor in the garden with quirky spring flowers and attractive mottled leaves that deer don’t touch. Ellen Nibali,, 26 Apr. 2018 Other ground covers for shade include Japanese pachysandra or periwinkles. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, 28 Feb. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of pachysandra

1914, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pachysandra

New Latin, irregular from Greek pachys + New Latin -andrus -androus

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“Pachysandra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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