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NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO PURPLE FLOWER BLOOMS ON THESE PLANTS AT TIME OF SHIPMENT! Plants bloom in March or April and sometimes again in the fall. Vinca minor grows about 6 inches tall, spreading in all directions by sending out long trailing and rooting shoots, which make new plants.
The common periwinkle plant (Vinca minor) is often spotted creeping down steep hillsides and banks, offering a green and growing affect in areas which might otherwise be bare. The periwinkle plant is exceptional as an erosion control specimen. Periwinkle is also used as a spreading shrub in USDA garden zones 4 to 8.
Tough, low-maintenance, and pest-free, Vinca minor has pretty broadleaf foliage and flowers; it is also useful for providing ground cover and is known for its creeping habit. In spite of all of these benefits, there is one drawback: it has a tendency to overtake an area. Learn how to grow and care for this popular ground cover which belongs to the dogbane family. The plants are tough enough to naturalize in many areas.
Botanical Name Vinca minor
Common Names Vinca minor, creeping myrtle, common periwinkle, dwarf periwinkle
Plant Type Evergreen perennial
Mature Size 3 to 6 inches tall with trailing vines that get 18 inches long
Sun Exposure Partial sun to full shade
Soil Type Normal, sandy, or clay
Soil pH Acid, neutral, and alkaline
Bloom Time May, June
Flower Color Blue, lavender, purple, white
Hardiness Zones 4 through 8
Native Areas Central and southern Europe
Common PERIWINKLE Live Plants Organic Naturally Grown
How to Grow Vinca Minor
Vinca minor vines stay short, sprawling out over the ground. They typically stand only 3 to 6 inches off the ground, but their trailing stems can reach 18 inches in length. The stems of these plants root at their joints as they creep along the ground and spread rapidly to become a pretty flowering ground cover able to fill in a large area and keep weeds down.
Vinca minor vines most commonly put out a blue flower in spring, but the color can also be lavender, purple, or white. They may bloom now and again in summer, too, but the summer display will not be nearly as good as the spring display.
Vinca minor grows in partial sun, partial shade, and full shade. It tolerates deep shade conditions but may burn in direct sunlight. For best results, plant them in partial shade. Also, they are a good choice for a ground cover for an area with dry shade.
Vinca minor vines require good drainage. Space them about a foot apart if you want to fill in an area quickly. Achieving vigorous growth is usually not difficult for these plants. Indeed, the very fact that they grow so well can sometimes be a problem. They will thrive in soils rich in compost, but they will tolerate poorer soils.
While the plants will grow better in moist soils, its vines are pretty drought-tolerant once mature.
Temperature and Humidity
Although it is a long-lived plant, it can suffer from many diseases, especially in humid, wet climates. They are completely intolerant of frost, so if you want to bring them in for the winter, be sure to move the plants indoors when night temperatures drop down to about 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Fertilizer gives Vinca minor a boost, making its foliage a more brilliant green and may help produce more blooms. Fertilizing your Vinca minor regularly (every month) with an evenly balanced fertilizer (equal parts nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) may be helpful if your soil lacks sufficiently rich organic matter, although, it is not necessary since Vinca minor does well in poor soil, too.
Propagating Vinca Minor
Periwinkle can be grown from seed, but it grows slowly. You can also do a stem cutting, but that takes a little more work since you have to get the stem to root. Your best bet is to use divisions or nursery transplants. Dividing established plants is the quickest way to propagate.
Division: Dig all the way around the clump of the plant that you want to transplant and lift it up. The plants have shallow roots, so you will not have to dig too deep. Plant the division immediately at the same level it had been growing. Pat down the soil around the plant roots, then water thoroughly.
Vinca minor vines have often been planted beneath big trees, where most lawn grass would fail to grow well due to not getting enough sunshine. A vine for shade will do much better in such spots than grass, generally speaking, so do not even bother trying to grow a lawn there.
Also, because tree roots compete for moisture in such areas, many plants will not grow well there due to a lack of water. Drought-tolerant ground covers such as Vinca minor vines have a greater chance of surviving than thirstier plants would.
Because of their ability to root and spread, they can help hold the soil in place. This can be important on the side of a hill, where soil erosion might be a problem.
Vinca minor vines are considered somewhat invasive plants, so, if this is a concern for you, make it a point each year to keep their runners in check. Invasive plants are vigorous growers, meaning that they tend to be successful at filling in an area. This is often exactly what you want out of a ground cover.
The vines need little care. They are deer-resistant, the flowers are rabbit-proof, and few insects eat them, so there is not much pest control to worry about. At the southern end of their range, they can be damaged by blight.
How fast does periwinkle grow?
The foliage color is richer green in partial shade, but more flowers are produced in the sun. Rooted cuttings or established plants are normally spaced from 12 to 18 inches apart. At a 6-inch spacing periwinkle will completely cover an area in one year.
How often should I water Periwinkle?
Water vinca flowers thoroughly after planting and continue to water once per week during the summer months. Reduce watering to once every two weeks in the spring and fall. Keep the soil evenly moist during the first two growing seasons, after which vinca flowers will become tolerant of light drought conditions.
TAKING CARE OF YOUR NEW PLANT: Upon receipt, immediately soak in water for 2-3 hours then plant in your ideal location. Make sure to water daily, or as needed, if leaves look wilted and/or until it is established in it's new environment. Sometimes it is best to place in a 6"-8" pot of quality soil and let the root system get adjusted and strengthen, then transplant the hole pot of soil to your permanent location. Plants can get easily stressed when being relocated/shipped.
ABOUT THESE LIVE TREE SEEDLINGS : LIVE TREE/PLANTS WILL BE CAREFULLY DUG UP, PACKAGED AND SHIPPED THE SAME MORNING THAT TRACKING NUMBER IS PROVIDED HERE ON ETSY WITH A SCHEDULED USPS PICKUP PLACED THE NIGHT BEFORE HAND. I will ship in minimal soil with roots in plastic bottle, stretched wrapped around base to help avoid soil spillage. A small wood stick with stem/trunk twist tied will also accompany any plants where it is needed, to help keep them from possibly getting broken. Added packaging materials around the plant will also help to give it some support. What I will NOT do, is just throw "bare root" plants carelessly into a box and tape it shut. Your "baby" will be treated like I am shipping a small live "pet" across the country, with MUCH LOVE AND CARE! All live plants are grown right here on our Unique Creek Homestead!
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