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Periwinkle
(Myrtle)

Vinca minor


Description:

Myrtle's glossy, evergreen leaves are covered with blue flowers in May and June.   This plant thrives in shade.   Useful on banks, slopes, under trees and as a ground cover.

 

 
Common Name: Creeping Myrtle, Periwinkle, Vinca
Botanical Name: Vinca minor
Type: Evergreen ground cover
Soil Preference: Neutral, Well-drained, Sandy, Clay
Light Requirements: Sun to Shade
Attributes: This plant is considered mostly allergy free and causes little or no allergy problems in most people. 
Pests: none known
Diseases: Canker, Root Rot, Bacterial Leaf Spot
Good Companion Plants: Coral Bells, Carex, Ferns, Hosta, Perennial Salvia, Solomon's Seal
Care: Cut back hard in spring to enjoy the new growth and protect in winter by mulching. 

Planting Instructions:   Perennials

 

Varieties:

This variety listing is for informational purposes only, it is not a catalog. 
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Vinca minor
Creeping Myrtle, Periwinkle, Vinca
zones 4-9
 
Description:  An excellent, weed-smothering, evergreen groundcover with small, solid dark green leaves. From mid to late spring, lovely lavender-blue flowers about the size of a nickle appear just above the foliage, creating a tranquil effect. Additional flowers may appear sporadically in summer and fall. Vinca spreads by creeping across the ground and rooting at each node that touches the surface. This makes it an excellent plant to use for erosion control on slopes. Once established, it is a no-maintenance plant.
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: May-June
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 6-12"
Spread: 12"+, Spreader


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Vinca minor 'Illumination'
Creeping Myrtle, Periwinkle, Vinca
zones 4-8
 
Description:  This new Vinca radiates a stunning effect with its gold center and dark green border, virtually illuminating the landscape.
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: May-June
Foliage Color: Variegated green & yellow
Height: 24-36"
Spread: 24-36"


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Vinca minor 'Bowle's Variety'
Creeping Myrtle, Periwinkle, Vinca
zones 4-8
 
Description:  An exceptional, weed-smothering, evergreen groundcover with dark green leaves. From mid to late spring, intense blue-violet flowers appear just above the foliage, creating a tranquil effect. Both the leaves and flowers of this variety are larger than the straight species. It is also thought to be a more reliable rebloomer, continuing on sporadically into summer and fall. This variety spreads outward from the crown rather than rooting along the stems. Since it is a slower grower, it is best for smaller spaces or containers.
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: May-June
Foliage Color: Glossy Dark Green
Height: 6-8"
Spread: Spreader


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Vinca minor 'Sterling Silver'
Creeping Myrtle, Periwinkle, Vinca
zones 4-8
 
Description: Creamy white edge and green interior.  When this variety is flowering, the contrast of the blue flowers against the variegated foliage is very striking!
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: May-June
Foliage Color: Variegated white & green
Height: 6-8"
Spread: Spreader
 

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