Common Periwinkle, Creeping Myrtle, Flower-of-Death 'La Grave'

Vinca minor

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)




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.