Vinca major variegata
Big Leaf Periwinkle
Details8" 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.
|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|
|Mature Height||8" tall|
|Mature Spread||36" wide|
|Bloom Time||Late spring to early summer|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Drought Resistant / Waterwise|
|Amount of Rain||10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"|
|Advantages||Deer Resistant, Easy to grow, Evergreen|
|Ideal Region||Anywhere In The US|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
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- Accurate Instructions
- Chokes out weeds
- Economical groundcover
- Year round interest
- 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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