| Vinca minor (100) Plants
a/k/a Periwinkle, Big Leaf Periwinkle, Creeping Myrtle
Zone: 4 to 9.
Sun to Shade. Prefers moderate to dense shade in southern zones and tolerates sun in northern zones.
Mature size: 4 to 6 inches height; fast spreading, vine-like growth.
An excellent, weed-smothering, evergreen groundcover with small, solid dark green leaves. From mid to late spring, lovely lavender-blue flowers about the size of a nickle appear just above the foliage, creating a tranquil effect.
Vinca spreads by creeping across the ground and rooting at each node that touches the surface. This makes it an excellent plant to use for erosion control on slopes. Once established, it is a no-maintenance plant.
Good low maintenance lawn alternative as it tolerates some foot traffic. Mow in the fall for fresh foliage. Also a great plant for hanging containers or window boxes which allow the glossy foliage to cascade over the sides. Deer and rabbit resistant.
Easy-to-grow in any well-drained soil, but grow best in fertile, loamy soil with a neutral to slightly acidic pH.
Vinca major and Vinca minor are nearly identical except for leaf shape and flower size. Vinca major has broader leaves with longer hairs on the petioles, larger flowers, and is less cold hardy. Both are low maintenance and often used for controlling soil erosion on shady slopes.