Variegated Vinca major
COMMON NAME: VINCA
BOTANICAL NAME: Vinca major (minor)
TYPE: Evergreen - Shade part shade - groundcover
HEIGHT: 6-18 feet
SPACING: 12 feet
Vinca major sometimes looks pretty ratty in late summer. It does far better under an organic program.
HABIT: Coarse groundcover for large areas in shade. Spreads quickly and has blue flowers in late spring.
CULTURE: Plant in any soil in shade. Relatively drought tolerant once established.
USES: Good plant for a naturally wooded area.
PROBLEMS: Leaf rollers, cutworms.
NOTES: Native to Europe and Asia. Not very good to use on residential property where closely inspected. V. major is the large-leafed, more commonly used variety. V. minor has smaller, shinier leaves, is more refined in appearance, and can tolerate more sun.