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Vinca minor

Lesser periwinkle

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour






Skill level


photo by Pernilla Bergdahl, copyright GAP Photos (316762)

Plant details

This is a very versatile plant for any situation where you want good, low ground cover. The leaves are small, rounded to lance-shaped, and a pleasing, glossy, green. The open, starry flowers keep coming out from mid-spring to autumn, and there may even be a few surprises at other times. They are an attractive blue colour. The long, trailing stems will spread indefinitely. Vinca is good for shady sites, but you will get far more flowers where the light is good. Cut back hard in early spring if you want to restrict its growth. To propagate, divide plants from autumn to spring.

Family: Apocynaceae

Genus: Vinca

Species: minor

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 20cm

Time to divide plants: September to April

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The old growth on my vinca is dying, what could be causing this and do I prune back the whole plant?

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