Vinca

Vinca (AKA Myrtle, Periwinkle) is a low-maintenance delight - great for controlling soil erosion on shady or partly-shady slopes. An evergreen trailing vine with glossy green leaves and colorful blooms.

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This site compares and contrasts Vinca major and Vinca minor (also known as Periwinkle and Myrtle).

Vinca major and Vinca minor share these characteristics:

Below are the differences between Vinca major and Vinca minor.

Vinca major

Larger leaves and less cold hardiness than Vinca major. Tolerates more sun than Vinca minor (better for southernmost zones).

Available with solid green or variegated (white margined) foliage.

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Vinca minor

Smaller leaves and greater cold hardiness than Vinca major. Tolerates more cold than Vinca major (better for northernmost zones).

Available with solid green or variegated foliage and in a variety of bloom colors.

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Ornamental vines come in a variety of tones and textures and most of them persist year round no matter what the weather. These plants are a wonderful addition to any backyard and are ideal for filling in spaces where little else seems to grow. They are extremely important for controlling soil erosion and to help reduce soil evaporation. They also provide a lush canvas that allow your brightly colored plants and flowers to truly shine.

Differences between Vinca major and Vinca minor

NameHardiness ZonesCommentsOrdering Information
Vinca major 6-11 Larger leaves and less cold hardy. Tolerates more sun than Vinca minor (better for southernmost zones). More info
Vinca minor 3-9 Smaller leaves and more cold hardy. Tolerates more cold than Vinca major (better for northernmost zones). More bloom colors. More info

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