Japanese spurge is a low-maintenance ground cover that's ideal for shade. It features short spikes of white flowers followed by red berries. Japanese spurge thrives in USDA zones 5 to 9.
Things You'll Need
- Garden Hoses
- Garden Spades
Look for plants at nurseries in spring and summer, or year-round in warmer climates.
Choose healthy-looking plants with signs of new growth in leaves and flower buds. Buy Japanese spurge in 4-inch to 1-gallon containers.
Choose a site in shade with well-drained soil.
Dig a hole for each plant no deeper than the plants were growing in the containers; space the holes 1 foot apart.
Add a light application of organic fertilizer to the planting holes before setting the plants in.
Mulch around but not on top of the plants with 3 inches of organic compost.
Water well until soil is completely moist, weekly during the first year and also in summers with no rainfall.
Tips & Warnings
- Japanese spurge grows about 1 foot high and spreads slowly by underground stems called rhizomes.
- A similar plant, Allegheny spurge (Pachysandra procumbens) is native to the eastern United States and is more evergreen.
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