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Vinca major variegata

Big Leaf Periwinkle

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A large leafed evergreen, Vinca grows equally well in full sun or deep shade. The quarter-sized purple flowers appear in late spring. Excellent for sloped areas. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). 8" x 36" wide.

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Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Easy to grow
Groundcover
Evergreen
Evergreen
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Annual Rainfall
Average
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
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Size Plant - 2.5" deep pot
SKU HBLMNXX

Details

8" x 36" wide. Recommended for use in the most inhospitable of spots in your yard, where other less muscular groundcovers have failed. A large leafed evergreen, Vinca grows equally well in full sun or deep shade. The quarter-sized flowers appear in late spring. Excellent for sloped areas. Don’t plant in coastal CA where it is invasive.
Associated SKUs
HBLMNXX
HBLMN21 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
HBLMN32 (Plant - flat of 32) - Out of stock.
Common Name Big Leaf Periwinkle
Botanical Name Vinca major
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color Purple
Mature Height 8" tall
Mature Spread 36" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Evergreen Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Easy to grow, Groundcover, Evergreen
Prohibited In California
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Vinca (Vinca) is a genus of plants native to the Old World and Asia. Annual Vinca (formerly known as Vinca rosea) is now considered to be in a separate genus.

Preferred growing conditions:
  • Plant Vinca minor in compost enriched, acidic loam. Vinca major will grow in any soil type including clay. Both are best positioned in a full to partial shade locations.
  • Mulch with common mulch materials in dry Western climates. Leave un-mulched in moister Eastern climates.
  • Water regularly the first growing season to establish the plant. Vinca minor appreciates regular irrigation in arid climates. Vinca major is xeric and only needs occasional deep watering. Rainfall is generally sufficient for both species in moist Eastern climates.
  • Deadheading the plants is not necessary.
  • Fertilize Vinca minor lightly in the fall with a half and half mix of Yum Yum Mix and good quality compost. Supplement that with the addition of soil sulfur if foliage is looking chlorotic (yellow). Vinca major needs only a light fall application of Yum Yum Mix or nothing at all if growing well.
  • Special comments:
  • Vinca major is an indestructible evergreen groundcover that is invaluable for planting in dry shade under trees. But it is an aggressive grower that should not be planted with other small growing perennials as it will smother them. It is best placed under larger growing shrubs and trees.

  • View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

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Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

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High Country GardensVinca major variegata
 
3.7

(based on 3 reviews)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (3)
  • Hardy (3)
  • Healthy (3)

Cons

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1.0

I have been at war for 48 years!

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from Middle Tennessee [I KNOW about kudzu!]

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Pros

  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Should only be used where NOTHING else is wanted

Cons

  • A noxious weed in the worst sense!
  • I've been trying to rid lawn/garden for 40+ yrs
  • Invasive to the extreme in TN! travels up to 20

Best Uses

    Comments about High Country Gardens Vinca major variegata:

    We moved to a new home with a 'yard' of rocks and clay, ratio 2:1, 48 years ago Even the builder's 'landscaping' died. I read abouth "Periwinkle'...touted to be lush, fast growing & spreading to 'fill in' empty spots. Nothing was said about the ability to tunnel under paving and ground, as well as above ground. In fact, all of the promises were true! BUT, nothing was said about the imposibility to control or killit! It even survives Roundup [ yup, I was THAT despirate!}. The only thing I have seen that is worse is kudzu, and that just because it would c over/smother the house! California has it right! Ban it!

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    5.0

    I would buy this product again

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    from Rock Springs, WY

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Fragrant
    • Hardy
    • Healthy
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • in shade under aspen tree
      • Outdoors

      Comments about High Country Gardens Vinca major variegata:

      I love my blue grama grass in the sunny areas of my yard, but it won't grow under the aspen tree. I bought this and planted it for some ground cover and have been very happy with it.

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      5.0

      Perfect plant and great value!

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      from Kanab, Utah

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      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Chokes out weeds
      • Economical groundcover
      • Evergreen
      • Hardy
      • Healthy
      • Versatile
      • Year round interest

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Outdoors
        • Patio
        • Pool Area

        Comments about High Country Gardens Vinca major variegata:

        Vinca aka periwinkle is one of my all time favorite plants! Attractive leaves, evergreen, versatile AND adorable, long lasting flowers that look like pinwheels?! Yes, please! :)

        Although our pets have never bothered it, vinca is said to be toxic to pets, so plant with discretion.

        We have vinca at both of our properties and it thrives with NO care (after initial watering period of 4-8 weeks upon transplanting).

        When we want to increase the size of a vinca planting, we just pour a handful of dirt on a tendril a few inches from the tip, and maybe put a few pieces of gravel or a small rock on the stem to anchor it. As long as it has frequent water and it's the growing season, within a few weeks a new plant will form. This new plant will create a set of its own tendrils. It can be cut from the parent plant and transplanted, or will add to the existing mat of VERY EFFECTIVE GROUNDCOVER

        Yes, vinca is exceptional at blocking out light-hungry weeds. Yet in our experience it hasn't choked the life out of existing trees, etc, because it's not that much of a climber. It's almost like a vine that travels horizontally and doesn't have root "claws" for climbing. And it doesn't have a spiraling growth pattern for growing up a vertical support. Which means that it won't climb. We have it planted at the bottom of a huge trumpet vine on one of our properties. So the vinca makes its pretty purple-blue pinwheels on the ground and the trumpet vine with its glorious red hummingbird attracting flowers climbs the wooden fence. They look beautiful together and cool the area

        We are in high desert (5000+ feet elevation), 14 inches precipitation a year, low humidity, strong winds, zone 7 with summer flash floods. The vinca anchors our sandy soil and keeps our red dirt from washing or blowing away. I have grown vinca equally well in western Montana and in humid Pacific Northwest.

        We also appreciate that it is something that thrives here that doesn't have thorns or cause allergies

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        USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

        To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

        • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
        • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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