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Canby's Mountain Lover (Paxistima)

Paxistima canbyi Mountain Lover
SKU: HC015285
per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
No longer available this season.
Canby’s Mountain Lover (Paxistima canbyi) is a rare native plant from the central Appalachian Mountains. This low-growing evergreen shrub useful as a groundcover in shade and partial shade. The glossy green foliage is a delight.
key features
Botanical Name
Paxistima canbyi Mountain Lover
Native, Groundcover, Low Maintenance, Naturalizes, Winter Interest, Evergreen
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet
Mature Height
8-12" tall
Mature Spread
24-36" wide
Bloom Time
Early to mid summer


Canby’s Mountain Lover (Paxistima canbyi) Canby’s Mountain Lover (also known commonly as Cliff Green) is an outstanding foot tall shrublet that provides attractive glossy evergreen foliage in beds under trees and other shady spots in the landscape. While it's a rare native from the Appalachian Mountains, the fact that it grows in alkaline, limestone soils make it a good choice for the high pH soils of the western US as well. Plant in the spring to get it established before winter. A tidy, low-spreading groundcover, it doesn't need any shearing to keep it looking good. It is a valuable plant to create habitat for attracting beneficial insects.
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