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Because of its attractive evergreen foliage, Japanese Pachysandra is cultivated primarily as a ground cover in shaded areas along buildings and underneath trees. The odd-looking flowers are also attractive, particularly when they are viewed close-up. There is a less well-known species, Pachysandra procumbens (Allegheny Pachysandra), that is native to wooded mountainous areas of eastern United States. So far, it has been found in southern Indiana, but not Illinois. Allegheny Pachysandra differs from Japanese Pachysandra in the following characteristics


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