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Vinca minor 'La Grave'

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vinca (VIN-kuh) (Info)
Species: minor (MY-nor) (Info)
Cultivar: La Grave
Additional cultivar information: (aka Bowles Variety)

5 members have or want this plant for trade.


under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Medium Blue
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Oberon46 On Aug 9, 2010, Oberon46 from (Mary) Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b) wrote:

This was slow off the mark, even after I moved it from the north side of the house to an east fence so it got afternoon sun. After two years it is rampant. Spreading by runners in a flat manner, with a vertical growth in the center. Loads of flowers, vibrant glossy green. I could see this might be invasive in a different climate.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Birmingham, Alabama
Anchorage, Alaska
Goodyear, Arizona
Castro Valley, California
Huntington Beach, California
Glastonbury, Connecticut
Decatur, Illinois
Barbourville, Kentucky
Litchfield, Maine
Hingham, Massachusetts
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Baldwinsville, New York
Concord, North Carolina
Davidson, North Carolina
Eagle Creek, Oregon
Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Arlington, Texas
Conroe, Texas
Kaysville, Utah

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