Green Carpet Vinca
Green Carpet Vinca
Vinca minor 'Green Carpet'Item #7606 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
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One of the best groundcovers for shade, displaying shiny, dense foliage. Also useful in mixed containers and hanging baskets. Prefers moist soils. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full shadeWatering Needs:Needs wet or constantly moist soil.Average Landscape Size:Fast, spreading, vine-like growth, only inches high.Key Feature:Cottage Garden PlantLandscape Uses:
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:VING-ka MI-norPlant type:GroundcoverDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast, spreading, vine-like growth, only inches high.Foliage color:GreenDesign IdeasVinca minor is among the best low lying groundcovers for shaded locations. Excellent choice for north side foundation planting. Use it to carpet the floor of a woodland dell. Ideal for erosion control and surface coverage on protected slopes. Will trail gracefully off the edges of curbs and retaining walls. It can also be used in permanent containers to trail off the edges in feminine tendrils. .
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. As a ground cover, space plants 5 ft. apart, (closer for faster coverage). Control weeds with mulch until the plants cover the area.Pruning time: early spring.Light Needs:Full shadeWatering Needs:Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
- History & LoreHistory:All vincas fall into the holly family, Apocynaceae. The genus, classified by Linnaeus in the 18th century from the European common name for the plants. Vinca contains about 12 species of trailing plants all native to the Old World. Plants have naturalized and is considered invasive in much of the United States.Lore:Also known as running myrtle, the plants are associated with Roman garlands and spread by them throughout the Empire. Later it was worn by the condemned before execution during the Middle Ages.