Bowles' Common Periwinkle

Vinca minor 'Bowles'

One of the best groundcovers for shade, displaying large, violet-blue, pinwheel-shaped flowers against glossy dark green leaves. Sun tolerant in cool northern zones. In hot summer areas, plant in dappled to deep shade. Good for use in firescaping. Evergreen in most climates.
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4 - 10

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Filtered sun, Full shade, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical PronunciationVING-ka MI-nor
Average Size at MaturityFast, vine-like growth; reaches 4 to 6 in. tall, spreading indefinitely.
Bloom TimeLate Spring through Summer
Design IdeasUse this shady groundcover for those hard-to-plant spots--its evergreen trailing stems will look fine year-round. It makes a good groundcover for shrub plantings.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorBlue
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage
Growth HabitClumping
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Erosion Control, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Very Wet Areas, Woodland Garden, Dry Shade, Urban Garden, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full shade, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Naturalizes Well, Shade Loving, Waterwise, Fast Growing
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

Highly adaptable; prefers enriched, neutral to slightly acidic, well-drained soil. Provide some shade in hot southern areas. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Space 4 to 5 ft. apart as groundcover. Control weeds with mulch until plants fill in.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4 - 10

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