Ground covers

Vinca minor

Vinca minor
Vinca minor onderkant
Vinca minor zijkant
Vinca minor op talud
Vinca minor bloei

Project Description

Vinca minor
English names: lesser periwinkle, dwarf periwinkle


Vinca minor is an excellent, hardy ground cover plant that thrives in regular garden soil. Vinca usually reaches a height of about 15 cm.
Properties of Vinca minor

  • Family: Apocynaceae
  • Flower colour: blue
  • Flowering period: ±March, April, May
  • Leaf colour: green, yellow
  • Height: 5 – 15 cm
  • Evergreen
  • Fully hardy
  • Position: full sun, partial shade, shade
  • Special features: excellent ground cover plant

Additional information on Vinca minor:

Vinca minor is exceptionally hardy; therefore, it is particularly suitable as a ground cover plant, also because of its quick growth. The plant originates from the Mediterranean area. Clearly, it has acquired quite some hardness during its development. Actually, it can be at any position; as it does not require a lot from the soil and grows very quickly, it is a plant with few requirements and a lot to offer. It has a relatively long flowering period: from March to July.

In Belgium, Vinca minor is a common plant; in the Netherlands it occurs in the wild nature (as a protected species). Vinca minor thrives excellently in small gardens and even beats ivy as a green decoration, also because its long flowering period. Just imagine a carpet of Vinca minor with a few high shrubs and plants, which stand out exceptionally well in such a layout. There are a lot of periwinkle varieties, such as Vinca minor ‘Alba’, also supplied by Covergreen.

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