Paxistima canbyi (syn. Pachystima canbyi, Pachistima canbyi) Celastraceae
Mountain Lover, Cliff Green, Ratstripper, Canby Paxistima paks-ISS-ti-ma KAN-be-i
- Evergreen shrub, to about 15 inches (40 cm) high, prostrate, spreading. Leaves opposite, simple, linear-oblong to narrow-oblong, 0.5-2.5 cm long, finely serrate to entire, revolute, glossy green. Flowers small, greenish or reddish, not showy. Fruit white, 4 mm thick, splitting at maturity.
- Sun (more compact) to part shade, well-drained, light, slightly acid soil. Easy to keep low by pruning.
- Hardy to USDA Zone (3)4 Native to the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia.
- canbyi: after William Marriot Canby (1831-1904), who discovered the species.