Last Updated on June 13, 2022 by Real Men Sow
Common periwinkle (Vinca minor), also known as creeping vinca or creeping myrtle, can often be seen creeping down steep hillsides or banks. This gives rise to a green and growing effect, even in otherwise barren areas. Periwinkle is a remarkable erosion control plant. Periwinkle can also be used in USDA garden zones 4-8 as a spreading bush.
How to Grow Periwinkle Plants
Periwinkle is a broad-leaf, evergreen plant that grows quickly. Its primary care involves controlling the spreader. Once established, periwinkle is resistant to drought and requires little care if it is properly placed in the landscape.
After planting, periwinkle care may include the removal of tall weeds. Periwinkles can be grown once established. This will prevent future growth of weeds, and make it easy to get rid of this chore.
Things to Consider When Growing Periwinkle Plants
Vinca minor can grow in full sun, partial shade, and complete shade. Although it can tolerate deep shade, it may be prone to burning in direct sunlight. Plant them in partial shade for best results. They are also a great choice as a groundcover for areas with dry shade.
Vinca minor vines require good drainage. If you need to quickly fill in an area, space them at least a foot apart. These plants can usually achieve vigorous growth. Even though they are so prolific, it can sometimes prove to be a problem. They can tolerate soils with low compost but will thrive in soils that are rich in it.
Although the vines will thrive in moist soils they can also grow well in dry ones.
Temperature and Humidity
It is a robust plant that can live for many years. However, they are susceptible to many diseases in wet and humid climates.
Vinca minor receives a boost from fertilizer, which makes its leaves brighter and helps to produce more flowers. If your soil isn’t rich enough in organic matter, fertilizing your vinca minor with an equally balanced fertilizer (equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) can be beneficial. However, vinca minor thrives in poor soil.
The Common Pests & Periwinkle Plant Diseases
Vinca minor attracts all the usual indoor and outdoor pests including scale, whiteflies, and spider mites. The vine is also prone to wilting or dying back. Canker lesions can occur on Vinca minor’s stem. Fungal leaf spots also attack the leaves, however, you can simply cut off the infected leaf and throw it away. To avoid fungal problems, water the soil, not the leaves.
Periwinkle can be difficult to remove once it has been planted. Periwinkle can be an invasive plant if it escapes cultivation. The plant can be problematic in certain areas. Make sure you check the status in your area.
If this plant is not suitable for your area, you can try other plants like partridgeberry, wintercreeper and creeping juniper. You now have the knowledge to plant periwinkle in your garden. Periwinkle ground cover should not be confused or misunderstood with Catharanthus roseus, which is a completely different plant.