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Greater Periwinkle

Vinca major

Also known as

Band Plant, Creeping Myrtle, Cut-Finger, Flower Of Death, Grave Myrtle, Ground Myrtle, Large Periwinkle, Quater, Sorcerer's Violet, Bigleaf Periwinkle, Blue Periwinkle, Big-Leaved Periwinkle, Variegated major periwinkle

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Greater Periwinkle Overview

This evergreen perennial has a spread & mat forming habit. Awarded a RHS AGM (Award of Graden Merit) it is a robust performer that produces bright blue flowers in spring.

Common problems with Greater Periwinkle

Generally disease free but can be attacked by aphids.

How to harvest Greater Periwinkle

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Greater Periwinkle



Take semi hardwood cuttings.

Special features of Greater Periwinkle

Ground cover

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Greater Periwinkle

A low maintenance plant that can be used as ground cover and planted under others on slopes and banks as well as in Wall side borders. Once established it is drought tolerant.

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