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Evergreen Periwinkle - Vinca minor
Evergreen Periwinkle, what we call Vinca minor, is a fast spreading evergreen perennial groundcover plant that loves the shade. More details below!!

Evergreen Periwinkle - Vinca minor

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Evergreen Periwinkle - Vinca minor
Vinca minor

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-9b  Find Your Zone



Special Attributes

Evergreen Periwinkle, Vinca minor, is a fast spreading evergreen perennial groundcover plant that loves the shade. It produces loads of pretty blue periwinkle flowers in spring that appear just above the dense, low carpet of glossy, dark green foliage. The foliage is as attractive during winter as it is in summer.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 4 to 6 inches tall (lays flat to maybe 2 inches or so in winter) and spreading 3 or more feet, Evergreen Periwinkle is ideal for use as a groundcover in shady landscape borders, home foundation plantings and under the canopies of large trees. Then perfect evergreen groundcover for use in perennials shade gardens where plants like hosta lily, ferns, bulbs and other herbaceous shade-loving plants will pop right through it in spring. The vines are quite aggressive, and will quickly form a dense carpet, but do not climb, cover or choke out other plants in the garden.

Suggested Spacing: 18-24" apart for groundcover





Cultural Preferences

Evergreen Periwinkle is very easy to grow in most any average, moist but well-drained soil. As with so many other ornamental plants, constantly soggy or wet conditions can be problematic. So make sure to plant in a well-drained site. In USDA Zones 4 through 6, Evergreen Periwinkle will grow equally well in full sun or full shade. In USDA Zones 7-8, it grows in shade or part shade (morning sun with afternoon shade). It must have all-day shade in Zone 9.


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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-9b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Flowering Groundcover
Height or Length at Maturity:  3-6"
Width at Maturity:  3' +
Spacing:  18-24" apart for groundcover
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Spreading/Trailing
Growth Rate:  Fast
Flower Color:  Lavender-Blue
Flower Type:  Single
Flower Size:  1"
Flowering Period:  Spring
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Very Dark Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Sun Needs:  Full Sun (Zones 4-6), Morning Sun or Shade (Zones 7-9)
Water Needs:  Average
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sand, Silt
Soil Drainage:  Well Drained
Soil pH:  6.0 - 6.5
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Heat, Heavy Shade, Humidity, Insect



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