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Growing Vinca (perennial)

Growing Vinca (perennial)

Ralph Shugert Vinca


Vinca, also called common periwinkle or creeping myrtle, is an attractive, hardy perennial evergreen groundcover with a creeping, spreading habit. It is easy-to-grow in full sun to full shade and is not fussy about about soil conditions. It has become one of the most popular groundcover plants. It is fast growing, drought tolerant when established, and tolerates some foot traffic.

How To Grow

Plant perennial vinca outdoors after all danger of frost has passed. The spacing between plants can vary based on how quickly the area needs to be filled in. To rapidly cover an area, space plants 8 inches apart. For larger areas, or when a less rapid fill-in is acceptable, plants can be spaced 12 to 18 inches apart.

Perennial vinca makes a good groundcover for erosion control, for planting under trees, and for combining with spring flowering bulbs.


Plantings can be mowed at the highest setting in mid summer after plants have flowered every 2 to 3 years promotes thick growth that reduces weed problems.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use full rates of ALGOplus Flowering Plant 4-6-7 liquid fertilizer or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1.

Common Problems

Vinca is usually free from serious pest and disease problems. They are deer and rabbit resistant. When planted next to lawns, it may spread into the lawn area if not restrained.

Alternative Products

Other shade tolerant groundcovers include sweet woodruff and Green Carpet pachysandra.

Product Recommendations

Common periwinkle combines well with spring blooming bulbs like tulips and daffodils.

Vinca Facts

Creeping periwinkle is classified as Vinca minor. The genus name Vinca is derived from the Latin word for "to bind or wind" in reference to the plant's long stems that were commonly used to make wreaths.


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