Lesser Periwinkle

Vinca minor

Creeping Myrtle, Common Periwinkle, Myrtle, Running-Myrtle

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Periwinkle has pretty blue, white or purple star-shaped flowers and is an attractive fast-spreading groundcover. Once established, it is drought resistant and needs little other care. This plant can survive in full sun to partial shade can be propagated a variety of ways.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Fruiting time

Spring, Summer

Harvesting

Seeds can be harvested by bagging the seedheads to capture the ripening seeds.

Propagation

Division

Divide in early spring or mid-to late-autumn by dividing the rootball.

Seed

Direct sow seeds in autumn. Winter sow in vented containers, cold frame or unheated greenhouse. Stratify seeds if sowing indoors.

Layering

By simple layering - place a rock on a growing stem to keep contact with soil and it will root soon.

Cuttings

Softwood cuttings take easily if placed in a glass of water on the windowsill or placed in sandy rooting medium.

Special features

Drought resistant

This plant is drought tolerant once established.

Ground cover

Special features

Origin

Central and Southern Europe, Portugal, France, Netherlands, Baltics, Caucasus, and Turkey.

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Apocynaceae

Flower colour

Purple, Blue, White

Scent

None

Problems

Common Periwinkle can be bothered by leafhoppers, scale insects, aphids, leaf spot, rust, and dieback.
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