• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, requires only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing 6 to 8 in. tall, spreading wider.
    Key Feature:
    Deer Resistant
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:VING-ka MI-nor
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing 6 to 8 in. tall, spreading wider.
    Special features:Deer Resistant
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Flower color:Blue
    Design IdeasThe variegated foliage of this trailer makes it light up the shade as it covers the ground. It looks fine on shady banks or trailing over the side of a container or low retaining wall.
    Companion PlantsFragrant Sarcococca (Sarcococca ruscifolia) is a good choice for shade and its evergreen foliage combines well with the periwinkle. In damper spots, try Fingerleaf Rodgersia (Rodgersia aesculifolia)for its horse-chestnut-shaped leaves. Halcyon Plantain Lily (Hosta x 'Halcyon') will grow up through the groundcover, offering an upright contrast.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. 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:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, requires only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    Vinca is a genus of about twelve trailing plants of the Old World. Also known as running myrtle, these plans were quite popular in America during the Victorian age and often planted in graveyards due to their medieval association with death. The plants have therefore naturalized in warmer regions of the U.S. and often become troublesome invaders.
    Vinca was commonly used by the Romans and later during the Middle Ages to create garlands for those soon to be executed, probably because vinca wilts very quickly after being cut.