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Variegated Bigleaf Periwinkle - Vinca major Variegata
Variegated Bigleaf Periwinkle, also commonly called Greater Periwinkle, Large Periwinkle or Variegated Vinca Major, is a fast-growing, evergreen, vining plant with long trailing stems. More details below!!

Variegated Bigleaf Periwinkle - Vinca major Variegata

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Variegated Bigleaf Periwinkle
Vinca major  'Variegata'

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



Special Attributes

Variegated Bigleaf Periwinle, also known as Greater Periwinkle, Large Periwinkle or Variegated Vinca Major, is a fast-growing, evergreen, vining plant with long trailing stems. The large 3" long leaves of 'Variegata' are ovate to lanceolate and are variegated with green with white edges. Violet blue flowers 2 inches across rise just above the foliage in spring, and usually continue to bloom intermittently throughout the summer into fall. It is widely used as a large-area groundcover or as a soil cover and spiller plant in container gardens. North of USDA Zone 7, it is more commonly used as a container plant.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 8 to 10 inches tall and spreading rapidly with trailing stems that root as they grow along the ground, Variegated Bigleaf Periwinkle is ideal for use as a groundcover to quickly fill space in large shady areas, such as under shade trees. Because the vines form roots as they go, it is also very effective on embankments, hillsides and slopes to stabilize soils and prevent erosion. Also serves well as a soil cover and spiller plant in container gardens and hanging baskets.

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: 6a-11  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Groundcover
Height or Length at Maturity:  8-10"
Width at Maturity:  3' +
Spacing:  18-24" apart for groundcover
Growth Habit / Form:  Spreading/Trailing
Growth Rate:  Fast to Very Fast
Flower Color:  Blue, Lavender
Flower Type:  Single
Flower Size:  1"
Flowering Period:  Spring
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Green, Creamy White
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Heat, Heavy Shade, Humidity, Insect
Sun Needs:  Morning Sun with Afternoon Shade, Shade, Filtered Sun
Water Needs:  Average, low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sand, Silt
Soil Drainage:  Well Drained
Soil pH:  6.0 - 7.0
Maintenance / Care:  Low



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