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Vinca minor 'Atropurpurea' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Mat forming

Toxicity

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Purple and Red in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

Up to 10 cm

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

dark purple-flowered periwinkle

Family

Apocynaceae


Vinca can be evergreen subshrubs or herbaceous perennials, with simple, paired leaves and solitary, 5-lobed, salver-shaped flowers in the leaf axils

'Atropurpurea' is a wide-spreading evergreen perennial about 10cm in height, with ovate, dark green leaves and deep reddish-purple flowers 2.5cm in width

Synonym(s)

  • Vinca minor 'Purpurea'
  • Vinca minor 'Rubra'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Easy to grow in all but the driest soils. Flowers best in full sun but very useful for shady areas. Can be invasive

Soil

  • Well-drained, Moist but well-drained or Poorly-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring or autumn and by semi-hardwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Drought Resistant, Ground Cover or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 6

Pests

Can get aphids

Diseases

May be subject to a rust