Vinca minor

Lesser periwinkle, lady flower, running myrtle


Vinca minor, also known as Periwinkle or Myrtle, stands out as a resilient and adaptable ground cover plant. This evergreen perennial boasts glossy, dark green leaves and delightful blue-violet flowers that grace gardens in the spring. It thrives in various soil types and light conditions, making it an ideal choice for both shaded and partially sunny garden spaces. Vinca minor requires minimal upkeep and spreads quickly, creating a lush, weed-resistant ground cover. Its versatility and aesthetic appeal make it a favoured option for enhancing garden beds, borders, and slopes with vibrant colour and texture.


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Origin: Central & Southern Europe and Southwestern Asia
Genus: Vinca
Species / Cultivar: minor
Common Name: Lesser periwinkle, lady flower, running myrtle

Plant Biography

Vinca minor, known as Periwinkle or Myrtle, has a rich botanical history. It was valued for its medicinal properties in ancient civilizations and the Middle Ages. During the Renaissance, it gained attention in herbal books. Botanical exploration in the 16th-17th centuries expanded knowledge of its natural habitat.

Periwinkle’s adaptability and ornamental value have sustained its popularity in gardens. Today, it remains a well-studied plant appreciated for its aesthetics and potential medicinal uses, reflecting its enduring significance in horticulture and herbal traditions.

Vinca minor
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Fast
Expect to see prolific growth, especially during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun to Full Shade
Tolerates the complete range of light levels, a very accommodating plant!
Eventual Height: 0.1-0.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1-1.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Caring for Vinca minor, commonly known as Periwinkle or Myrtle, is straightforward. This resilient ground cover thrives in a variety of conditions but benefits from some care. Plant it in well-draining soil and partial to full shade. Regular watering during dry periods and mulch for moisture retention are essential. Pruning after spring flowering helps maintain its shape and encourage growth, making it an excellent low-maintenance ground cover.

1 customer review for Vinca minor

Arrived very promptly, well-packaged and in good condition. Thanks.

Suzanne U.