Vinca major

Greater periwinkle

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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Plant details

This is one of the most popular ground cover shrubs, commonly regarded as a border perennial. It is irrepressible in good fertile soil, and is better planted in poor, dry, slightly shaded conditions where all else is likely to sulk. There the creeping and arching stems will soon colonise the ground and make an attractive carpet of glossy bright green foliage, studded for much of the season with glimpses of bright blue from the large flowers. These are tubular with five spreading petals, appearing mainly in late spring, but continue intermittently until autumn. To propagate, divide plants from autumn to spring.

Family: Apocynaceae

Genus: Vinca

Species: major

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Dry, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 45cm

Spread: 200cm

Time to divide plants: September to April

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