Periwinkle (Vinca minor) [VIN-kah MY-nor]

Other Names common periwinkle, creeping myrtle
Family Apocynaceae
Description

Vinca minor is grown primarily as a groundcover in temperate gardens. Its dense foliage stays green year-round, and has nice periwinkle-colored flowers during the spring and summer. There are numerous cultivars, including plants with variegated foliage (for example Argenteovariegata) and white, purple (Atropurpurea) and violet (La Grave) flower colors. It is tolerant of sun, but prefers partial shade and can turn yellowish when exposed to the hottest summer sun. It's durable -- you can walk on it. Vinca are somewhat invasive -- spreading into adjacent lawns or garden areas and beyond -- and can be challenging to eradicate.

Named Cultivars Vinca minor 'Alba', Vinca minor 'Blue and Gold', Vinca minor 'Bowles', Vinca minor 'Burgundy', Vinca minor 'Dart's Blue', Vinca minor 'Emily Joy', Vinca minor 'Honeydew', Vinca minor 'Illumination', Vinca minor 'Ralph Shugert', Vinca minor 'Sterling Silver', Vinca minor Atropurpurea, Vinca minor f. alba 'Gertrude Jekyll'
Plant Data
I am a... Evergreen Perennial Vine-like shrub
Where to Find It There is a small amount of Periwinkle south of the southernmost path in the woods.
How to Recognize It Periwinkle is a classic attractive, durable vine-like trailing evergreen ground cover which you see in many yards. It sometimes escapes cultivation, forming mats along the forest floor. Flowers have five blue or lavender petals, blunt at the tip, arranged in a spiral.
Why to Like Periwinkle has spread around the world because of its durability and pretty, long-lasting blue flowers. It sometimes escapes from the garden, though, and ends up in wild areas like Crow Island Woods.
Mature Size 3 - 6 inches tall. 6 - 18 inches wide.
Growth Rate Moderate
Sun Exposure Part Shade - Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance - Medium:
Zones 4a - 8b
Tags Deer-resistant,Deer Resistant
Bloom Period Spring, can rebloom a bit in Summer
Flower Color Periwinkle blue
Foliage Color Dark Green
 
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Links

Vinca minor entry (Wikipedia)
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Using Vinca in the Garden (YouTube)
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Introduction to Vinca Minor (YouTube)
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