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Vinca minor and cvs. (Creeping myrtle, Lesser periwinkle)

Vinca minor and cvs. Photo/Illustration: Mark Kane


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Vinca minor and cvs. VIN-kah MY-nor Common Name: Creeping myrtle, Lesser periwinkle 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.
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
Foliage Color Evergreen
Flower Color Blue Flower; Purple/ Lavender Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers
Style Woodland Garden
Type Perennials

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