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Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 6-12 inches
Plant Spread: 15-18 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: blooms repeatedly
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: if starting indoors
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Other info: can be direct sown in the fall
Propagation: Other methods: Layering
Pollinators: Bees

Common names
  • Creeping Myrtle
  • Lesser Periwinkle
  • Flower-of-Death
  • Common Periwinkle

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  • Posted by sallyg (central Maryland - Zone 7b) on Mar 31, 2020 6:18 AM concerning plant:
    Vinca is a very popular groundcover and has been around for decades. In my garden, in one place, I have one patch very well behaved under a big tree and surrounded by lawn. In another area, it is creeping under the fence from a neighbor, and very sneakily embeds itself in my shrubs, iris clumps, etc. So it seems bright shade may keep it better contained, whereas more shady shade and protection of other plants helps it to creep and invade.
    It is listed as a non-native invasive plant of eastern US, according to the
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