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Greater Periwinkle in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Vinca major

 

Greater Periwinkle

Vinca Major is an evergreen perennial, wide-spreading used as groundcover, and useful as it will grow in shade, eg. under trees. There are many cultivars. Not the easiest plant to get rid of so take care when planting.

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plant Features
  • Greater Periwinkle likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Greater Periwinkle likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Greater Periwinkle is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Greater Periwinkle likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Greater Periwinkle

Latin name

Vinca major

type

Herbaceous Perennials

family

Apocynaceae

ph

5.0 - 8.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Greater Periwinkle likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Greater Periwinkle is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Soil

    Greater Periwinkle likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Greater Periwinkle likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Greater Periwinkle is 1.40meters x 0.25meters 1.40 M 0.25 M

Vinca major

Vinca Major is an evergreen perennial, wide-spreading used as groundcover, and useful as it will grow in shade, eg. under trees. There are many cultivars. Not the easiest plant to get rid of so take care when planting.


Planting Outdoors

From Early Spring TO Late Spring

Plant out in a sun or partial shade where the soil is not dry.

 

Propagation by cuttings

From Mid Summer TO Early Autumn

Semi hard wood cuttings are taken from the current years growth from late summer to mid autumn the bottom of the cuttings is hard and soft on the top. With a sharp knife take a cutting of about 14cms, remove lowest leaves, dip end into rooting hormone, and place round the edge of a pot filled with a suitable compost, water well, they must remain moist till rooted, place under glass but in semi shade.

 

Flowering Season

From Late Spring TO Mid Autumn

Single blue/violet flowers grow above a shiny dark green foliage in Spring and through to Autumn.

 
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