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Variegated Periwinkle 'Illumination' (Vinca Minor/ Myrtle)

Gold with green variegation and dark blue flower

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Also known as Myrtle. Periwinkle is probably the most popular evergreen groundcover, forming a dense mat. This exciting selection has bright golden-yellow leaves edged in green, studded with blue flowers in spring. Tolerates dry shade once plants are established. Stems root into the ground readily. Mowing the patch low after blooming every couple of years will help to keep it thick and weed resistant. Plant 4 to 10 plants per square yard. USPP#12132, CPBR#1632: unlicensed propagation prohibited. May be considered invasive in some areas, do not discard unwanted plants in compost or in natural areas where these can become established.

USDA Zones: 4-9

Sun Exposure
  Partial Shade or
  Full Shade

Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy or

Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or

Soil Moisture
  Average or
  Dry or

Care Level

Flower Colour
  Deep Blue

Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Early Spring
  Mid Spring
  Late Spring

Foliage Color
  Deep Green

Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Alpine & Rock
  Attracts Butterflies
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Drought Tolerant
  Rabbit Resistant
  Ground Cover

Flower Head Size

   10-15 cm
   4-6 inches

   60-90 cm
   23-35 inches

Foot Traffic

Growth Rate
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