Vinca: A Symphony in Major and Minor

Season-long interest and glossy leaves are a winning groundcover combo.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Vinca Major

Vinca Major is great for groundcover and useful for keeping erosion in check.

Vinca Minor

Also known as common periwinkle, vinca minor is known for its deep blue and purple flowers.

Vinca Major Variegata Perennial Ground Cover

Commonly known as Greater Periwinkle, Vinca major’s evergreen trailing leaves of green and white spreads along the ground. Early spring to autumn, brings five-lobed, violet-purple flowers.

Vinca Minor Illumination Good for Containers

Vinca Minor, Illumination, is a tough evergreen ground cover for shade that will grow in almost any soil. Its hallmark is its bright gold leaves that are edged with a border of irregular green. Periwinkle blue flowers appear in spring.


Vinca difformis is a vigorous evergreen subshrub with narrowly lance shaped, dark green leaves and upright shoots bearing pale blue to white flowers in late winter and early spring.

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