Vinca major variegata

Big Leaf Periwinkle

Big Leaf Variegated Periwinkle (Vinca major variegata) is large-leafed evergreen, that 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.
Zones 4 - 9
Easy to Grow
Deer Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Shade
Annual Rainfall 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Mature Plant Size 8" tall , 36" wide
Bloom TimeLate spring to early summer

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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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Big Leaf Variegated Periwinkle (Vinca major variegata) is 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. Javelina resistant. 8" x 36" wide.

Flat of 32 plants will cover 96 square feet when planted together

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Ships To Canada
Common Name
Big Leaf Periwinkle
Botanical Name
Vinca major variegeta
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Full Shade
Flower Color
12 inches
Mature Height
8" tall
Mature Spread
36" wide
Bloom Time
Late Spring - Early Summer
Bloom Time
Late spring to early summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Evergreen Foliage
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture
Drought Resistant / Waterwise, Average
Amount Of Rain
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Easy to Grow, Deer Resistant, Groundcover, Evergreen
Ideal Region
Anywhere In The US
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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