Also called Creeping Vinca, Vinca Minor is most often grown as a ground cover. Its is an excellent choice for an erosion control specimen. This fast growing broad leaf evergreen plant grows easily and periwinkle care most often involves keeping the prolific spreader in check. Periwinkle, once established, is drought resistant and needs little other care if properly sited in the landscape. The periwinkle plant grows best in a partially shaded area in acidic soil; however, it can thrive in a variety of sunlight and soil conditions. Growing periwinkle in partial shade creates more vigorous growth. In many instances, extreme vigor may not be desirable unless the periwinkle plant needs to cover a large area. One small plant can spread to 8 feet across.
Details: An evergreen ground cover that makes a thick carpet of trailing stems. Blue, periwinkle flowers rise just above the deep green glossy foliage in spring. This is an excellent ground cover for shady areas of the landscape.
Selling Points: Evergreen, flowering, spreads quickly, tolerant of all light conditions, fast growing
Growing Zone: 3-8
Mature Height: 8 inches
Mature Width: Plant 6″ on center
Sunlight: Full sun to part shade
Water Requirements: Water well until established
Does Not Ship To: CA, WA, OR, AZ
Periwinkle Vinca Minor Information:
Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerates full shade. Prefers moist, humusy soils in part shade. Plant 12-18″ apart to cover large areas.
Vinca minor commonly know as vinca is one of the most popular and widely used ground covers. Trailing stems with smooth, evergreen leaves (to 1.5″ long) root at the nodes as they go along the ground and quickly spread to form an attractive ground cover. Tubular, lavender blue, phlox-like flowers (to 1 inch across) appear in the leaf axils in spring and continue to flower intermittently throughout summer into fall. Foliage will mound up to 6″ tall. Also commonly called dwarf periwinkle and creeping myrtle.
Genus name is from Latin meaning to bind or wind around in reference to the long, flexible stems that were used in wreath making.
Specific epithet means smaller. The leaves of Vinca minor are smaller than those of Vinca major.