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Vinca minor 'Aureovariegata'

Lesser periwinkle

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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photo by Martin Hughes-Jones, copyright GAP Photos (243877)

Plant details

This popular ground cover plant is a smaller version of its vigorous relative, greater periwinkle, its leaves, flowers and growth rate are about two-thirds those of V. major. This restraint makes plants more suitable for smaller beds and borders, and also for planting in containers and baskets. It is equally adept at colonising poor, dry, slightly shaded conditions where the creeping and arching stems soon make an attractive carpet of bright green foliage. The 2.5cm (1in) sky-blue double flowers appear mainly in late spring, against a background of variably marked golden foliage.

Family: Apocynaceae

Genus: Vinca

Species: minor

Cultivar: Aureovariegata

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Blue

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 20cm

Spread: 150cm

Time to divide plants: September to May

Flowering period: May to June

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