VINCA MINOR – CREEPING MYRTLE
Vinca Minor 6-8 also, part of the flowering plant family and has other common names like lesser periwinkle and the dwarf periwinkle. Some other names are the myrtle and the creeping myrtle. It is a trailing veiny looking shrub and can also spread along the ground and will also root it’s self along the stems to make a large clonal colony and can up to 16 inches high but is not twining or climbing. Leaves are an evergreen color and again the leaves are also opposite of each other and are board, glossy dark green and also has a leathery texture and an entire margin. The flowers will grow mostly in early spring to the mid-summer. Not many flowers will grow in the autumn season, but a few will. Also, a violet purplish color and some are a pale purple or white and also have a five lobed corolla. Fruit is in pairs of follicles and has many, many seeds. Smothers most weeds wherever it grows and has a few pest or diseases outside of its native area and is naturalized and also classified as an invasive plant in certain parts of North America. The invasion can be stopped by removing the rooting stems in the spring, and it is difficult to eradicate and will shed its waxy leaves and most water based herbicide sprays. Keeping it from overtaking everything also involves cutting and some repeated chemical treatments may need to be done.
Vinca Minor is a hardy, low growing, woody perennial with small dark green leaves and violet blue or white flowers. It spreads easily in most areas by rooting itself along the ground, but can also be grown from seed. It will grow as an evergreen ground cover for shady, forest areas as well as in full sun, where it blooms more profusely.Also known as periwinkle or myrtle, Vinca Minor can become invasive under optimal conditions.
Climate Zone: 6 to 9
Mature Height:16 inches
Sunlight: full sun to shade
Blooming: early spring to mid-summer
Soil Conditions: moist
Ships As: Bareroot Plant