Wine Common Periwinkle
Wine Common Periwinkle
Vinca minor 'Atropurpurea'Item #7608 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
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A lush, trailing ground cover that thrives in the deepest of shade. Unique deep purple to magenta colored blossoms appear above lustrous green foliage. This evergreen perennial is perfect for planting beneath tree canopies, or cascading over a low wall or container.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full shade to filtered sunWatering Needs:Water regularly in extreme heat for best performance. Requires less water once established.Average Landscape Size:Creates a mat 6 in. tall, spreading 2 to 3 ft.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:VING-ka MI-norDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Creates a mat 6 in. tall, spreading 2 to 3 ft.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:PurpleFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign IdeasThe luxurious trailing form of this evergreen vine looks fabulous hanging over a low wall or edge of a container. Makes a vigorous groundcover for sheltered locations beneath tree canopies and banks where it will force out weeds. Capable of weaving itself through rocky outcroppings and for covering up mortar at rock waterfalls or pools. Truly romantic addition to sparse old shrub borders and north side foundation planting.Companion PlantsThe white plumes of Deutschland Astilbe (Astilbe x arendsii 'Deutschland') bring light to this combination. Ferns are a good component of this planting, including Crested Lady Fern (Athyrium filix femina 'Cristatum'). Let Pink Anemone Clematis (Clematis montana rubens) cool its roots in this shade and climb up an arbor into the sun.
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Shelter from harsh sun. As a groundcover, 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 shade to filtered sunWatering Needs:Water regularly in extreme heat for best performance. Requires less water once established.
- History & LoreHistory:This plant falls into the Apocynaceae. The genus was named from the Latin vernacular for the plant. Genus vinca contains about 12 species of trailing plants all native to the Old World. Also known as running myrtle, the plants are associated with Roman garlands and were spread with the empire. In some warmer regions of the U.S. this plant has naturalized and may be considered invasive.Lore:During the middle ages it was worn by the condemned on their way to execution.