• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full shade
    Watering Needs:
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast, spreading, vine-like growth, only inches high.
    Key Feature:
    Cottage Garden Plant
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:VING-ka MI-nor
    Plant type:Groundcover
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast, spreading, vine-like growth, only inches high.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Design 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. .
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow 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:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: High
    Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
  • History & Lore
    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.
    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.