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Vinca - Periwinkles

Useful as groundcovers and bank covers, Vinca (Periwinkle) are evergreen subshrubs or herbaceous perennials, with shiny dark green leaves and pinwheel-shaped flowers appearing in the leaf axils in spring. Borne over a long period, they continue to flower intermittently throughout summer into fall and are valuable for enlivening dark areas. The long, trailing stems root at the nodes as they go along the ground to form a dense carpet of rich foliage. Excellent for suppressing weeds, Vinca, major or minor make also wonderful container plants.

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Vinca major 'Variegata' (Periwinkle)

Award-winning Vinca major 'Variegata' (Periwinkle) is an evergreen, mat-forming, subshrub or perennial with long prostrate rooting stems covered with ivory-margined, sea green leaves. Borne on arching shoots over a long season, large violet-blue flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), appear in mid-spring and continue to flower intermittently throughout summer into fall.

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Vinca minor 'Bowles's Variety' (Periwinkle)

Award-winning Vinca minor 'Bowles's Variety' (Periwinkle) is a vigorous, evergreen mat-forming perennial with glossy dark green leaves and large violet-blue flowers from mid-spring to early summer. Borne over a long period, they continue to flower intermittently throughout summer into fall and are valuable for enlivening dark areas.

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Vinca minor 'Illumination' (Periwinkle)

Vinca minor 'Illumination' (Periwinkle) is a prostrate evergreen perennial with a brightly variegated foliage and violet-blue flowers. Emerging chartreuse with dark green edges, the leaves mature to a rich golden color before softening to a cream color. Violet-blue flowers, 1 in. wide (2.5 cm), appear in mid-spring and contrast well against the foliage.

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Vinca minor 'Ralph Shugert' (Periwinkle)

Award-winning Vinca minor 'Ralph Shugert' (Periwinkle) is an evergreen, trailing shrub with glossy dark green leaves adorned with narrow white edges, and large, bright violet-blue flowers from mid-spring to early summer. Borne over a long period, they continue to flower intermittently throughout summer into fall and are valuable for enlivening dark areas.

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