Periwinkle Vinca Minor 'Traditional'

Grower's Comments: The "traditional" blue Periwinkle

6" to 8"

4 through 9

Small, slightly serrated

Light blue, five petals born on upright stalks

Perennial and evergreen

None noted except to control spread

None noted


Performs best in part to full shaded areas of your garden.



Vinca Minor 'Traditional' is has a wonderful, light blue flower that really lights up the shady areas of your garden. A terrific groundcover, it also works really well in window boxes where it is allowed to spill over the edges of the boxes.
Vinca is native to Europe and Western Asia, but is now found throughout North America. Its a terrific evergreen groundcover for shady locations at foundations, beds, raised planters, or under woody plants where it makes a good transition planting. Prefers moist soil but does not do well in full sun. Plant Vinca plugs about one foot apart for a good covering, as each plug should cover a three square foot area when it is mature. Myrtle is sometimes confused with Purple Winter creeper (Euonymus fortunei 'Colorata'), but the latter has serrated margins on opposite leaves that bronze heavily in Winter, with larger and more dense foliage on thicker stems, and the stems usually do not root at the nodes, but rather climb supportive structures for short distances, or may mound upon themselves as a groundcover up to 6" in height.