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Care of the plant Vinca major o Greater periwinkle.

Care of the plant Vinca major o Greater periwinkle

The genus Vinca, family Apocynaceae, includes 5 species of herbaceous plants and subshrubs native to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The species are: Vinca major, Vinca difformis, Vinca minor, Vinca herbacea, Vinca erecta.

Common names: Greater periwinkle, Big leaf periwinkle, Big periwinkle, Blue periwinkle, Band plant, Creeping myrtle, Cut-finger, Flower of death, Grave myrtle, Ground myrtle, Large periwinkle, Quater, Sorcerer's violet. This species is native to the Mediterranean basin.

They are herbaceous plants of creeping size and fast growth that reach 1 meter (3.28 feet) in length. The ovate leaves are bright green or variegated. The showy 5-petaled flowers can be purple-blue, white, or red-violet. They bloom in spring.

They are used in rockeries, to cover slopes and low walls, on edges, in undergrowth

Vinca major grows in semi-shade and shade exposures. They resist the cold quite well.

The soil can be normal garden soil with peat and leaf mulch but they will also grow on poorer soils.

Water regularly so that the substrate never dries out completely; They do not tolerate waterlogging or drought.

Fertilize with humus or compost at the end of winter.

Prune in late winter to remove old stems or to control growth.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated from seeds sown in late winter, by division, and by cuttings in spring or fall.

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