One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An evergreen creeping shrubby plant of the box family.
Genus Pachysandra, family Buxaceae: several species, in particular the Japanese P. terminalis
- ‘We must do something about the potato vine tangled in the pachysandra.’
- ‘If you did have shade in the garden, you certainly did not extol it, you just quietly covered the area with ivy or pachysandra.’
- ‘At the base of a tree, for example, you might have better luck with wood chips or shade-loving ornamental plants like ivy, periwinkle, or pachysandra.’
- ‘Serious ground covers like Vinca, pachysandra or ivy are too aggressive to make good companions.’
Formed irregularly from Greek pakhus ‘thick’ + anēr, andr- ‘male’ (with reference to the thick stamens).
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