Periwinkle (Vinca minor)
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Evergreen Perennial Vine-like shrub in the Apocynaceae Family

Periwinkle is an herbaceous perennial evergreen ground cover in the Apocynaceae (dogbane) family. Originally from Europe, its dainty blue-lavender flowers appear against the backdrop of luxurious dark green leathery foliage in spring and early summer and intermittently throughout the year. The plant tolerates high heat and close to full shade, but prefers full or partial sun, although its leaves can tend to yellow in full sun. Plant in moist, organic soils. When using as a groundcover, plant 8 inches apart for quick cover of smaller areas and 12 to 18 inches apart for large areas. While often used as a ground cover for large natural areas and around trees it grows quickly and aggressively rooting at the nodes and can become weedy.


Plant Data

Mature Size 3 - 6 inches tall. 6 - 18 inches wide.
Growth Rate Moderate
Sun Exposure Full Shade - Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance - Medium
Zones 4a - 8b (Usually hardy to -30° F)
Tags Container, Deer Resistant, Dry Shade Tolerant, Evergreen, For a Shady Spot, Full Shade, Full Sun, Groundcover, Low Maintenance, Medium, Most Popular, Non-Allergenic, Partial Shade, Partial Sun, Perennial, Rabbit Resistant, Shade Tolerant, Winter Interest, Yellow Foliage
Bloom Period Spring, can rebloom a bit in Summer
Flower Color Periwinkle blue
Foliage Color Dark Green

More Info from Experts

Commonly Planted with...

Japanese Spurge (Pachysandra); Hosta (Hosta); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Brunnera (Brunnera)

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