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Lesser Periwinkle 'Bowles's Variety'

Vinca minor 'Bowles's Variety'

Also known as

Periwinkle 'Bowles's Variety'

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Full Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Lesser Periwinkle 'Bowles's Variety' Overview

Vinca minor 'Bowles's Variety', known as Lesser periwinkle is an evergreen mat-forming perennial shrub that produces large, violet-blue flowers in mid-spring. V. 'Bowles's Variety is a vigorous plant happy in almost all locations making it ideal to use as ground cover; however, given its preferred growing conditions of full sun and moist rich soil, it can spread too much and become a bit of a nuisance. Fortunately, it is easily cut back and can be controlled. This cultivar has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Lesser Periwinkle 'Bowles's Variety'

Generally pest free.

How to harvest Lesser Periwinkle 'Bowles's Variety'

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Lesser Periwinkle 'Bowles's Variety'


Propagation is by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.


Division from autumn to the spring.

Special features of Lesser Periwinkle 'Bowles's Variety'

Drought resistant

Tolerant of most conditions; however it will not do well in extremely dry locations.

Ground cover

Perfect for underplanting deciduous shrubs or roses and growing on difficult slopes.

Attractive flowers

Flowers best in full sun.

Other uses of Lesser Periwinkle 'Bowles's Variety'

This ornamental low maintenance perennial suits informal cottage garden styles as part of mixed flower borders.