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Vinca minor 'Alba'

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vinca (VIN-kuh) (Info)
Species: minor (MY-nor) (Info)
Cultivar: Alba

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

8 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:
White/Near White

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


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 Fledgeling On Dec 20, 2007, Fledgeling from Huron, SD wrote:

In my opinion this is the best selection of vinca. The clean white flowers shine in the deep shade that vinca is most useful in. The darker blue/purple flower color of the species can sometimes get lost at a distance in the shady areas where vinca grows, but the white flowers are always noticeable even in the darkest areas. Besides flower color this plant is identical in every way to the normal species.

Vinca has very low ecological value and can escape into the woods if allowed to. Considerd invasive by some, spread should not be allowed in natural areas.


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

Grand Bay, Alabama
Rockledge, Florida
Boston, Massachusetts
Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Bend, Oregon
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Colonial Heights, Virginia

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