Vinca minor Atropurpurea

Periwinkle, Myrtle

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Plant Code: VIAT

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The flowers are the main attraction of this periwinkle. Spring flowering plum purple flowers are nestled in glossy dark green leaves. Rooting along its vining offshoots this plant will cover the ground in just about any situation, but you will find that it flowers more if given plenty of light. Lovely beneath a deciduous tree.

Our plant spacing recommendations are based on how quickly these plants will spread in their first season of growth.


Type: Perennials, Groundcovers
Height: Short 6"
Spacing: Plant 2-3' apart
Bloom Time: Late Spring to Early Summer
Sun-Shade: Mostly Sunny to Full Shade
Zones: 3-9   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Clay, Sandy
Flower: Purple
Accent: Purple
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • For a Slope or Bank
  • Deer Resistant
  • Dry Shade Tolerant
  • Evergreen
  • Groundcovers
  • OK in Containers
  • Rabbit Resistant
  • Shade Tolerant

Vinca General Information

Vinca are evergreen groundcovers. Good for bank stabilization and erosion control. Can escape into the woods, so please plant responsibly. Some winter protection may be needed in colder zones.

Vinca Plant Care

Thrives in most soils. Stems root where they touch the ground. Cut back winter damaged growth to 4" in spring. Divide in early spring or mid fall as needed. May emerge late in spring.