Periwinkle

Vinca difformis

Periwinkle - Vinca difformis

Common Name: Periwinkle
Genus: Vinca
Species: difformis

The Latin translation of the word Vinca refers to the strong shoots of plants in this Genus and their ability to restrict and constrain.

Category: Groundcover Plants
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Suitable for ground cover, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.30 m (30 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.90 m (90 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Blue
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: April to June, August to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Clay/Heavy or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Will tolerant a wide range of soil moisture levels

Not to be confused with some of the coarser forms this selected Vinca produces pretty star-shaped flowers of pale blue on arching stems. There are two seasonal flowering peaks; the first in spring then again in late summer but one can enjoy a light scattering of flowers almost continuously between these periods. The shiny oval leaves are reliably evergreen creating a welcome bright carpet to any shaded planting.

Garden Care: Trim off old outer foliage in early spring to reveal new central growth which bears the flowers.


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