PlantsVinca→Variegated Greater Periwinkle (Vinca major 'Variegata')

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Plant Height: 8 to 18 inches (20-45cm)
Plant Spread: Indefinitely
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Very aggressive/ Invasive.
Flower Color: Blue
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Stolons and runners
Other: Very invasive/aggressive.
Pollinators: Bees


Garden Makeovers:  Moon GardenGarden Makeovers: Moon Garden
By Sharon on October 4, 2012

Did you ever think about giving your gardens a total makeover? My newest garden is probably ten years old and over the years it has had additions randomly tucked in here and there. I've been thinking about a change and I think I'll start with white. How about a Moon Garden where an old patchwork garden used to be?

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Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Sep 25, 2011 8:44 PM

This is a gorgeous plant for shade, but it is terribly and very quickly invasive. Its long vines need to be kept trimmed, but it grows well in shady areas where nothing else will grow. It also has one of the earliest spring blooms.

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Posted by SCButtercup (Simpsonville SC - Zone 7b) on Aug 28, 2014 4:54 AM

I have a love/hate relationship with this plant: I hate how invasive it can be, to the point of smothering a spiraea bush, even in full sun, but I love the look of it and the blooms. A trick I learned is to grow it somewhere dry where it does not do as well, which means it will look like a normal plant, and not like a monster trying to take over your garden. This past summer was a bit drier, so I was able to mostly eradicate this plant from the full-sun bed. Now it is confined to dry areas or pots.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Mar 29, 2014 5:01 AM

This is a great container plant here. Just be sure to keep it trimmed in the pot. It will root anywhere it touches the ground.

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