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Invasive Plants Series: Pachysandra

Japanese pachysandra (Pachysandra terminalis) is a native of eastern Asia. Like other commonly used invasive ground covers English ivy and periwinkle vine (Vinca), it quickly spreads to displace native vegetation and offers few benefits to wildlife. It is considered invasive in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Washington DC. It can be removed by pulling, burning, or with herbicides. I always recommend removing as much as possible manually before employing other methods.

There are plenty of native groundcovers that can replace your Japanese pachysandra including our own NATIVE pachysandra (Pachysandra procumbens), wild ginger (Asarum canadense), and wild geranium (Geranium maculatum) to name just a few.

Ground covers are most effectively planted as plugs, 2" plants which usually come in trays of 32 or 50 plants. There are a few online sources for consumers, or you can contact your local landscape company and ask them to order them for you from their wholesale supplier.

Sources: DCNR

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