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Vinca major

Large periwinkle

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Features

  • BloomsApril to December
  • Height0.3m to 0.5m
  • Spread0.6m to 1m
  • Growth HabitLow spreading
  • Flower ColourPurple-blue
  • Leaf ColourGlossy green shades

Description

Vinca major (Large periwinkle). This is a useful species for ground cover in mild or cool climates. The leaves are glossy, dark green and the flowers are held above the foliage on ascending stems. Stems without any flower are prostrate and will form a good ground cover in moist shady conditions. There is a variegated form of this plant which is popular for use in hanging baskets and containers.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

Europe

Interest and use

Ground cover, shade, under shrubs, banks. Spring/Summer interest.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilClay, Sandy, Humus-rich, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Propagation

Propagation is by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer or by division from autumn to the spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to rust.

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