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Vinca major     
Apocynaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


blue flower
Vinca major flower
Form: trailing groundcover
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: 12in high, spreads readily
Leaves: simple, opposite, 2in long, oval, glossy; usually bright green, variegated varieties available
Flowers: purple, usually five petaled, single, bloom in spring
Fruit: not significant
Stems/Trunks: green, semi-erect stems
Range/Origin: Europe
Hardiness: to 0°F


understory planting of Vinca major
Vinca with variegated leaves
variegated variety


aka Periwinkle

widely used in landscapes throughout US

can spread aggressively, overtaking smaller plants

Vinca minor similar, with smaller leaf

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