Vinca minor 'Dart's Blue'
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
| ||Common Name: Myrtle|
Common Name (Alternative): Periwinkle
An exceptional, weed-smothering, evergreen groundcover with dark green leaves. From mid to late spring, violet-blue flowers appear just above the foliage, creating a tranquil effect.
Both the leaves and flowers of this variety are larger than the straight species. It is also thought to be a more reliable rebloomer, continuing on sporadically into summer and fall.
V. 'Dart's Blue' is very similar to V. 'Bowles' Variety', but has a bit paler flower color and greater disease resistance.
This variety spreads outward from the crown rather than rooting along the stems. Since it is a slower grower, it is best for smaller spaces or containers.
Sun or Shade?:
Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
Low water needs
Average water needs
Consistent water needs
Need critter resistant plants?:
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
Looking for seasonal interest?:
Evergreen (in some or all zones)
How's your soil?:
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
Vincas are very adaptable plants. They can survive in any well-drained soil, but grow the best in ones that are fertile and loamy with a neutral to slightly acidic pH. In northern regions, vinca can be grown in any amount of sunlight, from full sun to dense shade. It is best to choose a site out of the way of drying winter winds and sun in these cooler zones. In the south, vinca should be grown in moderate to dense shade.
Plants can tolerate occasional drought, but flower more prolifically if they receive a deep watering periodically. Mow them in the fall for fuller plants with fresh foliage. Propagate by division any time and keep them watered until they are well-rooted.