Common Periwinkle, Creeping Myrtle, Flower-of-Death 'Illumination'

Vinca minor

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vinca (VIN-kuh) (Info)
Species: minor (MY-nor) (Info)
Cultivar: Illumination
Additional cultivar information:(PP12132)
Hybridized by Hensler
Registered or introduced: 1999




Foliage Color:


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


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Medium Blue

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:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

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:

Brea, California

Norwalk, California

Parker, Colorado

Chicago, Illinois

Toledo, Ohio

Christiana, Tennessee

Fort Worth, Texas

Freeland, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 20, 2013, mehitabel45 from Whidbey Island, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

A well-behaved, unusual, and lovely bright spot in the shade. I have mine in my shady garden, where it creeps around through the ferns and heuchera and astilbe, without crowding them out and killing them, unlike the rampant, dark green species plant.
It doesn't root as easily, nor send out as many runners and roots. I'm making cuttings of it for next year's window boxes. Betcha there will still be room for the annuals.


On Jan 30, 2013, HoosierGreen from Danville, IN wrote:

Although usually sold as an annual "spiller" for pots, this cultivar of Vinca minor is actually a tough perennial, hardy into Zone 4, possibly hardier. It makes a stunning ground cover for full shade, part shade, or mostly sun.


On May 28, 2009, skiekitty from Parker, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

As of now, I have to give it a "neutral" rating. I planted it about a month ago and almost all 10 plants have started to grow. However, all of the new growth is a dark dark dark green rather than green/yellow. I'm just waiting patiently to see if it lightens up at all. Does flower nicely, however.


On Jan 21, 2008, DATURA12 from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

My plant and a friends both had a virus last year, it defoliated it but it came back. I think it could have been the fact that we had a wet spring.


On Oct 22, 2006, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

I bought this annual for its green-yellow foliage and put it in a container with several other annuals. It withstood a lot of adverse weather (prolonged rainfall followed by extreme heat) and didn't suffer. The foliage that got the most sunlight became a bit bleached, however. I wasn't expecting it to flower, but it did produce one lavender bloom in mid-summer. It's also considered an "everlasting" annual, because even when killed by frost, it retains its shape and colour as if still alive. Thus it can be left undisturbed over winter to provide winter interest.


On Oct 16, 2002, Baa wrote:

A stunning plant.

Has bright gold leaves with deep green margins. Bears light blue flowers.

Loves well drained soil in sun or partial shade. Dislikes soil that is dry or wet over long periods.

The plant has Plant Breeders Rights attached to it in several countries including the USA and the UK.