Greater Perwinkle
Vinca major 'Maculata'

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vinca (VIN-kuh) (Info)
Species: major (MAY-jor) (Info)
Cultivar: Maculata

Category:

Groundcovers

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Chartreuse/Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Blue-Violet

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Variegated

Mottled

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

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 semi-hardwood cuttings

By tip layering

By serpentine layering

By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:

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

Regional

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

Deltona, Florida

Canton, Illinois

Piedmont, Missouri

Christiana, Tennessee

Gardeners' Notes:

3
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RatingContent
Positive

On May 6, 2004, chief67 from Moorhead, MN wrote:

I had several stems of Vinca major survive the winter under a pile of leaves in zone 3! I was cleaning off a small planting bed, and found some fresh sprouts under the leaves. We had a cold snap last winter in which the temperature reached -40F.

Positive

On Apr 18, 2004, Maudie from Harvest, AL wrote:

Mine is the variegated variety and it is very useful for planting under trees. Foliage is very attractive as well as the flowers. However, it is invasive here in central AL but does not die down in winter which is a plus and blooms from Spring to
Fall.

Positive

On Apr 17, 2004, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

'Maculata' vinca is nominally hardy here in zone 6, so it dies to the ground each winter; therefore it is not very invasive here. In containers, it tends to die here in my zone if left out for the winter. It is best trailing out of containers, over a wall, or down a slope instead of being used as a groundcover because it is not very low growing like vinca minor is. I grow it in part shade, average watering. The long runners root where they touch the soil.