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Variegated greater periwinkle

Vinca major 'Variegata'

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Great for brightening up a shady spot, this ground-hugging, evergreen, trailing groundcover has dark green leaves with yellowish-white edges. Its texture is coarser than V. minor . This plant grows to 18 inches and spreads indefinitely. Blue flowers appear in spring. It can be used as an annual in cold climates. It is not quite as hardy as the popular Vinca minor  and is not quite as aggressive either.

CareProvide moist soil in sun or shade. Growth may be restricted by cutting back hard in early spring.

PropagationDivide in early spring or mid- or late autumn.

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

  • Genus : Vinca
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 11, 7, 8, 9
  • Uses : Containers, Ground Covers
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Bloom Time : Spring
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