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Periwinkle Plants, Vinca Minor are a Beautiful, Spreading Vine, Flowering Perennial

Common Periwinkle (Vinca Minor)- Vinca minor L.

  First brought to North America in the 1700s, this native European groundcover is still a popular ornamental. A low-growing vine with small glossy leaves, common periwinkle (also known as Vinca Minor) produces tiny, five-petaled blossoms that range from white to periwinkle-blue. These blooms appear throughout the spring, summer, and early fall, providing season-long interest. The foliage is most commonly a deep green, but variegated cultivars do exist as well. Found throughout North America, the common periwinkle is evergreen in mild climates and perennial, even where winters are snowy and harsh.

It is a vigorous grower; as its sporadic blossoms do not typically produce viable seeds, common periwinkle spreads instead through underground rhizomes. The slender vines form a dense mat of lush foliage, which requires no clipping, pruning, or fertilizer to flourish. This makes common periwinkle a first erosion-control planting on banks and shaded areas where other plants would do poorly. Though it will tolerate occasional traffic, Vinca Minor is not well suited to high-traffic areas such as yards or walkways. It is well adapted to various soils, thriving in slightly acidic to alkaline environments and well- to poorly-drained grounds.

Though it prefers partial shade, common periwinkle will grow well even in full sun provided it receives adequate watering. Common periwinkle is so adaptable and vigorous that it has become an invasive species in some parts of the U.S. and Canada, crowding out native plants in forests and along waterways. For this reason, care should be taken in choosing a location for these plants. Opt for sites where the spreading vines can easily be controlled by cutting or edging since applying herbicides can damage the plants' root network and kill off those meant to be preserved and the overgrowth. 

Periwinkle Plants, Vinca Minor is Excellent for Erosion Control, Cutting, or Edging 

The Vinca Minor, known to most of us as the lesser, or dwarf, periwinkle, is a common garden plant found throughout central and southern Europe, extending west to Portugal and east to the Caucasus and Turkey. In North America, where it is not a native plant but cultivated, the Vinca Minor is usually referred to as a creeping myrtle. It is a flowering shrub that spreads, or creeps, along the ground, putting down colonies of roots along its path. While the Vinca Minor has been known to edge up available structures to heights of 15 or 16 feet, it is not known for its climbing. The plant is generally found in temperate zones, usually as garden ground cover, where it helps choke out unwanted weed growth and provides a green backdrop throughout the year.

The evergreen leaves of the Vinca Minor, elliptical in shape, grow to a length of 1 to 2 inches and width of about 1 inch. The leaves have a pleasant sheen and thick texture. Through spring and up until midsummer, sometimes even into early fall, the plant produces a gentle, violet flower. The flower, just over an inch in diameter, is usually solitary with five petals. The Vinca Minor's presence in North America stems mainly from the flower's common usage at graves and cemeteries across the American South. Its presence in that region today is still a standard indicator of an unmarked burial site. Vinca Minor isn't just known for its looks: it has brains too, or, at the very least, it helps the human brain.

The plant's medicinal value is derived from the presence of 50 different alkaloids, though most commonly harvested for vincamine. Found in the plant leaves and comprising up to 65% of the Vinca Minor's alkaloid composition, vincamine is marketed as the nootropic, Oxybral SR. Nootropics are known as smart drugs, thought to combat aging and enhance cognitive processing.

 Periwinkle, or vinca vine, is an exceptional and classic ground cover, excellent for controlling erosion on embankments and hillsides. Hardy in Zones 4-8, it is drought resistant and easy to grow. Periwinkle grows best in acidic soil in partial shade and needs good drainage but can adapt to various conditions. This spreading vine gets its name from the beautiful periwinkle blue flowers dot the glossy green foliage in spring. It reaches four inches in height, but one plant may spread several feet across. An evergreen perennial, periwinkle, is a hardy plant that is beautiful underneath trees where grass may be difficult to grow. It is deer and rabbit resistant and will provide years of beauty naturalized in woodland areas, as a ground cover, or even as a container plant.


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Periwinkle Plants, or we can call it Vinca Minor, actually originated from Europe. In the 1700s, North America was lucky to receive this perennial flower. Time goes by; this beautiful ornamental flower is cultivated worldwide, such as in West Portugal, the Caucasus, and Turkey. Periwinkle Plants itself has so many pretty violet flowers with white as its base color. The size of the flowers is categorized as a tiny size with five-petal blossoms. As you only have a chance to witness its violet flowers in spring until midsummer, then you can admire how the sparkle of its leaves makes your garden have a lively ambiance. Besides, the thick texture of the leaves gives you a sense of strength and durability. This perennial indeed acts as a fine wine. The more years passed, the more it got known by everyone.

 Some of you may know this perennial plant as creeping myrtle. Does it grow by creeping? The answer is yes. Using the ground as the medium, the Vinca Minor will creep, put their roots along the way, then the flowers will gradually shrub to complete the groundcover of Vinca Minor. If the plants grow well, they can reach heights up to 15 to 16 feet. 

 These plants are suitable for everyone who wants a dream garden and pretty ground cover plants. Its elegant-fancy look also brings other benefits as it can block and cover up the unwanted weeds and wild plants that want to have a space in your garden. When you are ready to have Vinca Minor, there are some essential things that you must pay attention to. The first is the location of the placement. Putting them in zone 4-8 will be the perfect decision. Although these plants are adaptable in almost every area, could you not put them on the yards or walkways? Other than that, Vinca Minor survives happily in various types of soils. Whether it is slightly acidic or alkaline soils, both are tolerable. 

 Some plants may be sensitive to it when it comes to sun and light. However, this perennial can grow without any struggle in full sun, along with adequate watering. If you are afraid about the water measurement, putting them in partial shade will be preferable.    The key to maintaining this Periwinkle is balanced and suitable placement. Make sure to put them in the correct zone and place, don't forget to give adequate watering whenever you decide to put them under direct sunlight.  Besides being the perfect groundcover for everyone, Vinca Minor also has other benefits. Little did we know that Vinca Minor is good at controlling. It can prevent erosion on hillsides. If you have this flowering perennial, consider yourself a lucky human being. For those who plan to buy this simple beauty, please hurry. As long as you can have this plant near you, with tons of benefits, don't ever hesitate to have it.


Best Time to Bloom: Spring until midsummer

Light:  Full sun with adequate watering

Water:  Adequate watering

Soil:    Acidic to alkaline

Zone: 4-8

Height: Maturity

Sun Exposure:   Full Sun, Partial Shade

Ship As: Bareroot


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    Periwinkle Plants

    I have this for over a year and it started to climb around my rock garden. So lovely to watch when it fully blooms.

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