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

Examples of pachysandra in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Remove weeds and debris and replace plants known to provide cover, including English ivy, periwinkle, pachysandra and hosta. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "How to control rats, those unwelcome visitors to Washington gardens," 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,, "Lawn thinning out beneath a cluster of trees? Too much shade could be wreaking havoc," 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,, "Garden Q&A: Try these native groundcovers that will keep the deer away," 26 Apr. 2018 Other ground covers for shade include Japanese pachysandra or periwinkles. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Corn processing byproduct halts crabgrass, and adds nutrients to the soil | Idaho Statesman," 28 Feb. 2018 This disease primarily attacks boxwoods, but can also be found on pachysandra. Jefferson County Cooperative Extension,, "Boxwood blight (Garden Talk)," 26 June 2017 Digging Deeper Pachysandra Volutella blight Pachysandra groundcover can look perfect for years and suddenly sicken and die out. Ellen Nibali,, "Garden Q&A: Turtle crossings and stone planter," 15 June 2017 Other plants that should work include creeping lily turf, pachysandra and yellow archangel. Tim Johnson,, "What's the best grass, ground cover for shady lawns?," 5 June 2017

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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 22 Apr. 2021.

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