Pachysandra terminalis (Japanese Spurge)
Pachysandra terminalis, or Japanese Spurge, a semi-evergreen perennial ground cover and member of the Boxwood family, is perfect for the shade or woodland garden. Pachysandra grows from eight to ten inches high with leathery, green leaves that have a definite sheen. I have read that this variety is aggressive, but I beg to differ. In my own garden, Japanese Spurge has performed admirably and has not strayed too far in the ten years I have had it. Besides, in order for a ground cover to earn its keep and its name, it should not remain in the same spot forever; it should roam and has every right to do so. Shade, well-drained, humus-rich soil, and you have yourself a very attractive ground cover. Zones 5-7. "Cheater" gallons.