Vinca major (3.5-inch pot)
Common names: Big Leaf Periwinkle, greater periwinkle
- Height: 6-18 Inches
- Hardiness Zone: 6-9
- Full Sun to Shade
- Prefers Part Shade to Shade in Southern Zones
- Semi-Evergreen in Northern zones
- Tolerates most soil conditions
Vinca major, a member of the Apocynaceae family, is a hardy, low-maintenance, trailing vine perennial plant that is native to Europe and Asia.
Vinca major is a low-growing, quick spreading, semi-evergreen plant that can reach a height of 12-18 inches. It has dark green, glossy leaves and violet-blue flowers that bloom in spring and summer, with sporadic flowering in late summer through fall. The flowers are about 1 to 3 inches in diameter and have a sweet fragrance.
Easy-to-grow in full sun to partial shade in any well-drained soil, but grows best in fertile, loamy soil with a neutral to slightly acidic pH. Once established Vinca is drought-tolerant and may withstand hot, dry conditions. Vinca major is also deer-resistant and pest-resistant.
Vinca major is a versatile plant that can be used in a variety of ways. It is a popular choice for groundcover, borders, erosion control, and containers. It is also a good choice for edging or underplanting larger plants. Vinca major can be invasive.