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
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM

Common names
  • Variegated Greater Periwinkle

Photo Gallery
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2012-03-13
Location: My Property Sunset Zone 23 Fallbrook California
Date: 2013-03-02
Location: Bea's garden
Date: 2022
Location: Fairfax, VA
Location: Fairfax, VA
Date: 2022-04-01
Location: Columbus, OH
Date: 6-7-2003
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2020-05-17

photo by: Famartin
Location: Western Kentucky
Date: Summer 2011
A vine that brightens shady areas
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-03-28
Location: My garden
Date: 2019-02-11
Uploaded by purpleinopp
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2020-06-07
Location: Western Kentucky
Date: Apr 11, 2010 5:11 PM
Pretty little blue blooms
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2012-03-02
blooms and buds
Location: Tennessee
Date: 2012-03-02
Variegated leaves

Date: 2013-08-29
Caterpillars are sealing the leaves folded with webbing, then eat
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2013-03-13
Pops up everywhere in my yard
Uploaded by Hamwild
Location: Tennessee
Date: 2003-03-25
Steven J. Baskauf
Location: DISCLAIMER: This is an old photo from an old phone. I don't know why, but the photos look "deep fried". sorry about that.
Hanging down.... It touched the patio...

Date: 2013-01-28
Location: Columbus, OH
Date: 6-7-2003
Location: Columbus, OH
Date: 6-7-2003
Location: Unheated sunroom
Date: 2020-05-04
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  • Posted by SCButtercup (Simpsonville SC - Zone 7b) on Aug 28, 2014 4:54 AM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Sep 25, 2011 8:44 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Mar 29, 2014 5:01 AM concerning plant:
    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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