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Commonly known as Periwinkle, Trailing myrtle
The habit of stems taking root where they touch the ground gives the periwinkle its ability to rapidly cover bare soil. In some cases it can be invasive but can provide spots of flower colour in most months of the year.
Genus of 5 species of slender-stemmed, evergreen subshrubs and herbaceous perennials from woodland in Europe, North Africa and Central Asia.
V. minor, lesser periwinkle, is probably native to southern England.
Ground coverThese plants are typically low growing and spread quickly to inhibit weed growth on areas of bare soil
Full sunFor best flowering
Additional FeaturesGood to knowGood groundcover for wildlife garden. Can be cut back hard in spring. Full sun produces best flowering though plants are more comfortable in partial shade.Pests & DiseasesFungal diseases Phoma blight and rhizoctonia. RustPlace of originEurope, northern Africa, central Asia
Soil ConditionsAlkaline / Chalk loving
Buy Varieties of VINCA
pinkish-purple flowers with a distinctive white centre
large bright blue flowers
('Maculata') - leaves have a central splash of greenish-yellow. Grow in the open rather than shade for best effect
('Elegantissima') - silver variegated foliage
excellent ground cover, small blue flowers
leaves variegated white, flowers light blue
flowers purple-violet, leaves green
leaves variegated yellow, flowers light blue
('La Grave') - large azure-blue flowers and green leaves
striking selection with irregular yellow leaves edged green. An excellent rock plant