Vinca major

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 Vinca major subsp. var.  Periwinkle
Vinca major leaves and flower
Habit: herbaceous
Height: to
Width: to
Height: 1 ft to 2 ft
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Lifespan: perennial
Origin: S Europe, Spain to Caucasus
Exposure: part-sun, shade
Water: moderate
Features: flowers, naturalizes, invasive, ground cover
Hidden fields, interally pass variables to right place
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USDA Zones: to
Sunset Zones: 5-24, 28-31 (warmer 32-33)
Flower features:
Apocynaceae > Vinca major var. ,

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Sterile sts. reclining; flowering sts. rather erect: lvs. subcordate-ovate, rather obtuse, ciliate. shining, 2-3 x 1-2 in.: fls. blue; calyx-lobes narrowly linear, ciliate; corolla-lobes obovate, very obtuse. Eu.—This species is larger throughout than V. minor. It is much used, especially the variegated forms, for veranda - boxes and hanging-baskets. Var. elegantissima, Hort., is a showy form with the lvs. margined and blotched with yellowish white. Common form among the florists and easily prop, by cuttings.CH

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Easy to propagate from cuttings.

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There are two subspecies, with geographically separate rangeswp:

  • Vinca major subsp. major. Leaf petioles finely hairy, hairs short. Southern Europe.
  • Vinca major subsp. hirsuta (Boiss.) Stearn (syn. V. pubescens d'Urv.). Leaf petioles densely hairy, hairs longer. Caucasus, northeastern Turkey.


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