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Commonly known as Greater periwinkle
EvergreenDark-green leaves to 9cm (3½in) long
Ground coverThese plants are typically low growing and spread quickly to inhibit weed growth on areas of bare soilProstrate shrub with arching shoots. Produces flowers to 5cm (2in) across over a long period from mid-spring to autumn.
Hardy - very cold winterHardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
Full sunFor best flowering
Additional FeaturesGood to knowCan be cut back hard in spring to restrict growth.Medicinal propertiesPests & DiseasesFungal diseases Phoma blight and rhizoctonia. RustPlace of originWestern Mediterranean
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Soil ConditionsTolerates allAny but very dry.
Buy Varieties of VINCA major
('Maculata') - leaves have a central splash of greenish-yellow. Grow in the open rather than shade for best effect
('Elegantissima') - silver variegated foliage