Vinca minor L., common periwinkle, is a perennial evergreen ground cover that is winter hardy. It is closely related to the big leaf periwinkle (V. major L.), except in size and hardiness. Common periwinkle seldom exceeds a height of 6 inches although runners may trail long distances on the ground. The runners root at the node under moist conditions. The thick glossy leaves form a good ground cover.
This plant may become weedy or invasive in some regions or habitats and may displace desirable vegetation if not properly managed.
The species name "minor" comes from the Latine for "smaller".
Common periwinkle is adapted to a wide range of soils. It is found on well drained to poorly drained soils that can be calcareous, alkaline to slightly acidic, and medium textured to fine textured. The plant should be used where there is adequate moisture.
Common periwinkle can be affected by blight, canker, leaf spot, and root rot.
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