VINCA

Commonly known as Periwinkle, Trailing myrtle

All Flower MAR-SEPT

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.

 

Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
  • Ground cover
    These plants are typically low growing and spread quickly to inhibit weed growth on areas of bare soil
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Good groundcover for wildlife garden. Can be cut back hard in spring. Full sun produces best flowering though plants are more comfortable in partial shade.
    Place of origin
    Europe, northern Africa, central Asia
  • Wildlife
    Rabbit Resistant
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Vinca - Growing Guide

Buy Varieties of VINCA

VINCA difformis 'Jenny Pym'

VINCA difformis 'Jenny Pym'

Periwinkle

pinkish-purple flowers with a distinctive white centre

 
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VINCA major

VINCA major

Greater periwinkle

large bright blue flowers

 
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VINCA major 'Surrey Marble'

VINCA major 'Surrey Marble'

Greater periwinkle

('Maculata') - leaves have a central splash of greenish-yellow. Grow in the open rather than shade for best effect

 
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VINCA major 'Variegata'

VINCA major 'Variegata'

Greater periwinkle

('Elegantissima') - silver variegated foliage

 
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VINCA minor

VINCA minor

Lesser periwinkle, Running myrtle

excellent ground cover, small blue flowers

 
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VINCA minor 'Alba'

VINCA minor 'Alba'

Lesser periwinkle

white form

 
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VINCA minor 'Argenteovariegata'

VINCA minor 'Argenteovariegata'

Lesser periwinkle

leaves variegated white, flowers light blue

 
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VINCA minor 'Atropurpurea'

VINCA minor 'Atropurpurea'

Lesser periwinkle

flowers purple-violet, leaves green

 
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VINCA minor 'Aureovariegata'

VINCA minor 'Aureovariegata'

Lesser periwinkle

leaves variegated yellow, flowers light blue

 
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VINCA minor 'Bowles Variety'

VINCA minor 'Bowles Variety'

Lesser periwinkle

('La Grave') - large azure-blue flowers and green leaves

 
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VINCA minor 'Illumination'

VINCA minor 'Illumination'

Lesser periwinkle

striking selection with irregular yellow leaves edged green. An excellent rock plant

 
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Useful extras...

Fertilisers & Feeds - Vitax
Q4 Pelleted Fertiliser
A useful fertiliser suitable for use on a wide variety of plants. Q4 provides all the nutrients and trace elements essential for vigorous growth, abundant flowering and ripening of fruit.
3 options from £6.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Afterplant - Grow Your Own
AFTER PLANT GROW YOUR OWN seaweed is ready to use liquid concentrate that was specially formulated be used on all edible plants.
Only £8.00

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Afterplant - Tomatoes
AFTER PLANT TOMATO FEED Liquid Concentrate with Bio stimulant is a high potash liquid concentrate containing seaweed extract, plant derived amino acids and other nutrients specifically formulated to benefit tomatoes and greenhouse plants.
Only £8.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi
Recommended by the RHS. Contains Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi. Suitable for all trees and shrubs (except rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, cranberries and blueberries)
3 options from £3.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow Ericoid mycorrhizal fungi
This specially adapted Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi will boost the growth of acid-loving plants like rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers and blueberries. It contains ericoid and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, which are found in poor acidic soils where ericaceous plants naturally grow.
Only £7.50

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All-purpose Seaweed Stimulant
All-purpose organic concentrated seaweed feed that is a ready to use, derived from sustainable harvested kelp, that can be used on all outdoor and indoor plants, except acid loving plants. Perfect used in conjunction with Rootgrow™.
Only £7.50

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