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Vinca minor 'La Grave' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Mat forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Blue in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

lesser periwinkle 'La Grave'

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

'La Grave' is a vigorous, evergreen mat-forming perennial to 20cm in height, with dark green, ovate leaves and violet-blue flowers 2.5-3cm in width

Synonym(s)

  • Vinca minor 'Bowles's Blue'
  • Vinca minor 'Bowles's Variety'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-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
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

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

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Banks and Slopes, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 6

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be subject to a rust