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Periwinkle Plants

Vinca minor

Periwinkle is a perennial known for its small, star-shaped, purple-blue flowers. Known for its rapid growth and spreading when planted in the ground, this ground cover is best contained when potted. Also known as creeping myrtle, this vigorous trailing plant features glossy evergreen foliage and is shade-tolerant.

Growzone: 4-8

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Vinca Minor or Periwinkle is one of the best groundcover plants for shade. It’s an excellent choice for an erosion control specimen. Myrtle produces large, violet-blue, pinwheel-shaped flowers highlighted against glossy dark green leaves and is evergreen in most climates. Although this plant is shade-tolerant in warmer climates, it will tolerate full sun in northern climates. However, growing Periwinkle in partial shade creates a more vigorous growth. Periwinkle can grow up to 8 inches in height and spans about 6 inches in width.

Once established, evergreen periwinkle is drought resistant and needs little other care if properly sited in the landscape. This plant grows in moist soils but prefers nutrient-rich, moist soil. Native to Central and Southern Europe, Periwinkle usually blooms in May through June.

Periwinkle is great for filling in the unused landscape bed area and has a tendency to climb a little. This plant is quite invasive due to its self-pollinating nature, so avoid planting in an area that receives a lot of wind.

Growing Zone: 4-8
Mature Height: 8 Inches
Mature Width: 6 Inches
Sunlight: Full sun to part shade
Water Requirements: Water well until established
Selling Points: Evergreen, flowering, spreads quickly, tolerant of all light conditions, fast growing
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.
This Plants Growzone: 4-8
Periwinkle Plants Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Periwinkle Plants

Before you buy a Periwinkle plant, make sure to read about the recommended care instructions to keep this plant healthy and thriving.

How should I plant Periwinkle?

How should I plant Periwinkle?

We recommend planting your Periwinkle in an unused area in your garden landscape. This plant is commonly used as a ground cover, and grows rapidly - almost invasive. Plant in spring or early fall and keep site moist for the first two months while establishing roots. Space your plants 6 inches apart for complete coverage within one year. Spacing 12 inches apart is ideal for long-term growth. If you’re looking for a more controlled growth, we recommend planting your Periwinkle plant in a pot.

How should I water Periwinkle?

How should I water Periwinkle?

Although Periwinkle grows best in moist soils, its vines are overall drought-tolerant once mature. We recommend watering your plants once to twice a week, depending on the humidity level of your climate to ensure its favored moisture level.

How should I fertilize Periwinkle?

How should I fertilize Periwinkle?

We recommend fertilizing your Periwinkle plant once a month during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer. While fertilizer is not required for planting Vinca minor, it will result in a more vibrant foliage and additional production of blooms.

What type of light is best for Periwinkle?

What type of light is best for Periwinkle?

Vinca minor grows in a range of light including partial sun, partial shade, and full shade. For the best results, we recommend planting Periwinkle in partial shade for optimal growth. Avoid planting in direct sunlight which can burn the foliage and blooms.


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