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Creeping myrtle

Vinca minor and cvs.

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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 CharacteristicsRoots where stems touch the ground.

CareProvide 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.

PropagationDivide in early spring or mid- or late autumn.

ProblemsLeafhoppers, scale insects, aphids, leaf spot, and dieback.

  • Genus : Vinca
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Spring, Late Spring, Spring
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
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