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Vinca minor 'Ralph Shugert'

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

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under 6 in. (15 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 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 herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
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
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Gabrielle On Jul 19, 2011, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

A nice variegated Vinca. Blooms April-June in my garden. PP #6960

Negative mary_robin On Feb 24, 2011, mary_robin from Montgomery, AL wrote:

Four years ago, I planted out a very large (9'x120')median in front of our house on a busy 4 lane one way street. There are also good sized crape myrtles canopying said median, some morning shade from a large sycamore across the street and definite afternoon shade from a large hedge and mature trees in our yard. Only about 15% of the plants survived and I have added to them each year, hoping for better growth. Median is sprinklered, which may be the cause of the crown rot and diminutive growth of the plants that have survived. The stems eventually turn brown and rot. The soil was amended w/super soil, so I know it's quality. I have to weed this huge space every spring, plant a few more flats of whatever vinca minor variety I can find to give myself hope. I am purchasing an instant soil test kit next week; maybe the soil is too rich? I am at my wit's end. Any help or advice is greatly appreciated.


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

Malvern, Arkansas
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Cordele, Georgia
Washington, Illinois
Locust Dale, Virginia

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