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Lesser Periwinkle

Vinca minor

Creeping 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.

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.

Geography

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

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Full Shade
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Personality

Family
Apocynaceae
Flower colour
Blue, bluish-purple, violet-purple or white.
Scent
None

Problems

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

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