Lesser Periwinkle White (Vinca minor Alba)
English name: Lesser Periwinkle or Dwarf Periwinkle
The Lesser Periwinkle white is one of the many known varieties of the Lesser Periwinkle. It is an extremely perennial ground cover with white flowers that blooms from March to July.
The Lesser Periwinkle white (also known as Vinca minor Alba) prefers a place which is half shady, half sunny. It can also be used as a transition to a rockery. The soil needs to contain enough humus, but cannot be to moist. This plant also thrives in flower boxes. They can survive temperatures up to -30°C.
This ground covers combines well with, for example, daffodils or crocuses. The Lesser Periwinkle white does not need much maintenance. It grows and blooms so much, you need to keep it within its borders, literally. It can be stabbed, teared or cut to prune it.
The Lesser Periwinkle white originates from the area around the Mediterranean Sea, but is also found in the wild flora of Europe. In Holland it is protected in this wild form.
If you want to enjoy your Lesser Periwinkle for years and to optimize its ground covering, you need to provide it with enough nutrition. When the plant mats are installed on a nutritious soil, they will naturally flourish there.
If you find your ground cover to lack nutrition or to grow less well, you can boost them by adding an organic fertilizer. There are several organic fertilizers available, brands like Ecostyle and DCM provide fitting products. Most organic fertilization works up to 100 days.
Most ground covers are creeping plants. Therefor it can be necessary to cut the plants at the edges, to prevent them from growing or creeping outside their borders.
The edges can be pruned all year long without damaging the plant. We do discourage to do so during frost, therefor it’s best to avoid the winter period. A cloudy day is best suited for pruning.
The Lesser Periwinkle / Vinca minor plant mat by Covergreen® can be installed all year long. Just avoid moments when you expect a longer period of frost or drought, because that can cause the new planting to dry out. Plant mats need a change to root sufficient before a dry period, to extract enough water from the soil.