Periwinkle (Vinca minor)

Common names:
Give a thumbs up Periwinkle
Give a thumbs up Creeping Myrtle
Give a thumbs up Lesser Periwinkle
Give a thumbs up Flower-of-Death
Give a thumbs up Common Periwinkle

General Plant Information (Edit)
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


Vines as Ground CoversVines as Ground Covers
By goldfinch4 on May 24, 2013

When most people think of vines, they think vertical growth. However, many types of vines can also be used as ground covers.

(Full article18 comments)
Give a thumbs up

This plant is tagged in:
Image Image Image Image

Posted by sallyg (central Maryland) on Mar 31, 2020 6:18 AM

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

[ Reply to this comment | Give a thumbs up ]

Plant Events from our members
Catmint20906 On April 11, 2015 Bloomed
» Post your own event for this plant

Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
When is latest to transplant Vinca to ground? by bloomtonian Sep 28, 2020 10:26 AM 1
does anyone know the name of this plant? by toadwitch Sep 13, 2020 8:52 AM 4
What to plant around a tree? by Faie Aug 28, 2020 9:46 AM 7
Getting my tropicals to thrive by picklegarden Aug 10, 2020 12:36 PM 1
Ground cover by cchrabot Jul 29, 2020 12:11 PM 0
Vinca minor by Beijaflor Jul 20, 2020 2:09 PM 2
Can anybody help me to identify this plant? by afriyanikhusna Jun 19, 2020 3:32 PM 6
Groundcover questions re: vinca minor, Coral bells, Aubrieta-blue cascade seeds by Eliz656 Jun 12, 2020 11:40 PM 1
Help ID this groundcover by nickelsnbills Jun 6, 2020 9:04 AM 1
Vinca minor by Eliz656 May 26, 2020 7:11 PM 2

« Add a new plant to the database

« The Plants Database Front Page

Today's site banner is by arctangent and is called "Landscaping with grasses"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.