Vinca minor 'Illuminations'

Lesser periwinkle

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






Skill level


Vinca minor 'Illuminations'

Plant details

Vinca minor is a 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 Vinca major. This restraint makes Vinca minor 'Illuminations' 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 purple flowers of Vinca minor 'Illuminations' appear mainly in late spring, against green foliage.

Family: Apocynaceae

Genus: Vinca

Species: minor

Cultivar: Illuminations

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 20cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to divide plants: September to May

Flowering period: May to June

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