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.
Seeds can be harvested by bagging the seedheads to capture the ripening seeds.
Divide in early spring or mid-to late-autumn by dividing the rootball.
Direct sow seeds in autumn. Winter sow in vented containers, cold frame or unheated greenhouse. Stratify seeds if sowing indoors.
By simple layering - place a rock on a growing stem to keep contact with soil and it will root soon.
Softwood cuttings take easily if placed in a glass of water on the windowsill or placed in sandy rooting medium.
This plant is drought tolerant once established.
Central and Southern Europe, Portugal, France, Netherlands, Baltics, Caucasus, and Turkey.
Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Purple, Blue, White
Common Periwinkle can be bothered by leafhoppers, scale insects, aphids, leaf spot, rust, and dieback.