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Commonly known as Lesser periwinkle, Running myrtle
Evergreenleaves to 5cm (2in) long
Ground coverThese plants are typically low growing and spread quickly to inhibit weed growth on areas of bare soilProstrate, mat-forming shrub with long, trailing shoots.
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 in soil that retains moisture.
Additional FeaturesGood to knowCan be cut back hard in spring to restrict growth.Pests & DiseasesFungal diseases Phoma blight and rhizoctonia. RustPlace of originEurope, southern Russia, northern Caucasus
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Soil ConditionsTolerates allAny but very dry.
Buy Varieties of VINCA minor
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