Common Name: Creeping spurge
Origin/Ecology: Native to Japan and northern-central China
Habit: Shrubby, evergreen ground cover growing 8l-12″ high and spreads by rhizomes to form a dense carpet.
Leaves: Rich, dark green foliage. Oval leaves (2-4″ long) appear primarily in whorls at the stem ends.
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Flowers and Fruit: Tiny white flowers in 1-2″ long, terminal spikes bloom in early spring. Flowers are not particularly showy.
Water Use, Soil: Organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soil.
Exposure: Part to full shade.
Landscape Uses: Ground cover for shade areas.
Limitations: Intolerant of soil compaction. Susceptible to leaf blight, root rot, scale, and mites.