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Vinca Minor Brightens Up Shady Spots

Vinca minor is one of the rare plants whose Latin name is used as its common name. Also called creeping Myrtle or periwinkle, vinca is an evergreen perennial ground cover. It blooms in spring with charming purple flowers that cover the plant.

Vinca is native to northern and central Europe and is hardy in USDA Zones 3 to 9. In some areas it can be considered invasive.

Vinca Minor
Vinca Minor

Vinca prefers to grow in full shade to partial sun. The leaves will fade and the plant will lack luster if grown in full sun.

Planted on a hillside, vinca will help to prevent erosion. Its roots will cling to the soil and it will crowd out almost all weeds. It will spread out and provide you with purple blooms in spring and evergreen foliage the rest of the year.

Vinca will even grow and thrive under an evergreen tree.

Space vinca transplants about 18 inches apart in rich soil in partial to full shade. Water well the first year after planting and thereafter vinca will take care of itself.

Expect your vinca groundcover to grow and spread into a mat about 2 to 3 feet wide and 6 to 12 inches high.

Folklore tells us that vinca is supposed to inspire love and signify early recollections or pleasures of memory.

What pleasant memories does vinca evoke for you?

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