Creeping myrtle

Vinca minor and cvs.

Photo/Illustration: 
Mark Kane
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Creeping myrtle (Vinca minor and cvs.)
VIN-kah MY-nor
Genus:  Vinca
Creeping myrtle is a fast-spreading, 4- to 8-inch-tall, evergreen groundcover with shiny green leaves borne in pairs on long, arching stems. Star-like, 1-inch-wide blue flowers bloom for one month in spring. Cultivars include 'Bowles,' which blooms sporadically throughout the growing season, and variegated vinca, with creamy white-and-green leaves.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Roots where stems touch the ground.
Care:  Provide dry to moist soil in full sun or deep shade. Old growth may be cut back to about 4 inches high in early spring to stimulate new growth. New roots form where stems touch the ground.
Propagation:  Divide in early spring or mid- or late autumn.
Problems:  Leafhoppers, scale insects, aphids, leaf spot, and dieback.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Runs
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Spring,
Late Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
Blue Flower,
Purple/Lavender Flower
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers
Style
Woodland Garden
Type
Perennials

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