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Vinca minor Illumination

Blue Vinca minor Illumination, Vinca minor, Periwinkle or Creeping Myrtle

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Creeping Myrtle or Periwinkle Illumination is another Vinca minor with variegated leaves. Same blue flowers. (Vinca minor)

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Zones 4 - 9
Erosion Control
Erosion Control
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 4-8" tall, 24-36" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Size Plant - 3" pot

Plant Information

Vinca minor or Periwinkle is a favorite flowering groundcover, even in the coldest zones. It loves shade, so its perfect for ringing trees, making mowing easier. Short plants with small leaves put on little flowers in periwinkle blue. Its lovely--and this variation gives you variegated foliage as well.
Common Name Periwinkle or Creeping Myrtle
Botanical Name Vinca minor
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color Blue
Mature Height 4-8" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 24-36" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Foliage Bright golden yellow leaves edged in green. Evergreen
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Advantages Groundcover, Erosion Control
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No


Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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