Periwinkle (Vinca minor)

Common names:
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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

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Vines as Ground CoversVines as Ground Covers
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.

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Catmint20906 On April 11, 2015 Bloomed
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Found 7 sprouts breaking soil.
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Periwinkle sudden death by Sagamicat Jul 29, 2018 11:51 AM 10
Invasive plant labelling by FloridaGirl Jul 16, 2018 6:47 AM 11
Can anyone id this flower ? by Genocite May 11, 2018 9:52 AM 8
Plant identification and ideas by Tango617 Apr 27, 2018 12:42 PM 1
Weed prevention in shrubbery beds by bluenm Mar 9, 2018 4:58 PM 4
Does anyone know what kind of plants this is? by LS353 Nov 10, 2017 12:50 PM 1
What have you planted that you regretted ? by ge1836 Oct 3, 2018 1:56 PM 120
Can you identify these? by Pem1137 Jun 15, 2017 7:53 AM 6
Can any help me identify this plant please? by Paul0592 May 11, 2017 12:04 PM 5
White Flower Border by evelyninthegarden Nov 1, 2018 9:15 PM 71

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