Bluish-green leaves are slightly mottled and are held on upright stems that slowly spread on rhizomes to form sizeable colonies. Pinkish-white, fragrant flowers cover stem tops on 2 to 4" spikes in mid-April attracting a host of early nectar seekers. Thrives in shade and provides great cover. Allegheny Spurge is a slow spreader that will colonize over time. Forms dense mats of coverage, without holes or bare spots. Once established, it tolerates not only drought but heavy clay soils.
Low-growing perennial, groundcover spreads nicely
Fragrant white blossoms early spring
Leaves and stems are evergreen
Foliage has scalloped margin and are marbled with silver and purple
Native species, not to be confused with the invasive Pachysandra terminalis
Wooded areas from Pennsylvania, west Indiana and south to the Gulf of Mexico.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
You can provide high-quality cover by mimicking natural plant communities. Using layers of plants from tall to small will allow your yard to teem with activity.
Best grown in acidic, organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Plants thrive in sun-dappled shade under large trees.