Vinca minor Bare Root Plants (Minimum Quantity: 50 Plants)

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Vinca minor inhabits much of North America. The name was probably derived from a Latin word meaning "to bind." Vinca minor is commonly known as dwarf periwinkle, creeping myrtle, or death myrtle. It does contain toxic substances, but so do many other common ornamental plants.

Certainly, as a ground cover, it is very effective for erosion control. Vinca prefers moist soil in partial shade to full shade but will also tolerate sun and drought. It is deer resistant. Periwinkle does well in shallow soil, even where tree roots render it difficult to cultivate.

If planting it for erosion control, try to mitigate the water flow until the plants are established, otherwise the water might dislodge them.

Periwinkle can be planted any time of year. Even so, you should water occasionally until the plants become established to avoid drought stress. Maintenance is minimal. Periwinkle has few pest and disease problems and tolerates poor soil.

Because it is so common, folks often overlook it, unless it’s found growing where they don’t want it. As I’ve often said, “it does what a ground cover is supposed to do; it covers ground.” Periwinkle is popular precisely because it is so effective, attractive, and requires practically no maintenance.

Bare root plants are the obvious, economical choice for planting medium to large areas.

Name(s): Vinca minor, Creeping Myrtle, Periwinkle.

Flower Color: Blue.

Bloom Time: Spring to fall, blooms repeatedly.

Foliage: Evergreen.

Height/Spread: 4 inches to 6 inches x 18 inches.

Climate Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

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Sun Exposure: Full sun to full shade.

Soil Condition: Well-drained to dry, average to poor, pH 6.1 to 7.8.

Features: Drought tolerant, deer resistant.

Uses: Xeriscaping, massed planting, ground cover, container gardens.

Comments: Leaves are 1/2 inch x 1-1/2 inch. Light blue flowers, about 1/2 inch diameter, appear in early spring and may re-bloom, but with less abundance, in summer and fall. Mature height is 4 inches to 6 inches.

Vinca minor thrives in full sun to full shade in USDA climate zones 4 to 8. In warmer climates, it should be planted in partial to full shade. It tolerates a wide variety of soil types and pH levels.

We can not ship this item to Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. 

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