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Vinca minor 'Dart's Blue'

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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.

Characteristics:



Height:
  4-6 Inches
Spread:
  8-10 Inches
Flower Color:
  Purple-blue shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
4,5,6,7,8,9
Find Your Zone
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?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Mid-spring
  Late spring
Looking for seasonal interest?:
  Evergreen (in some or all zones)
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
  Fertile 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?:
  Woodland/Shade
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Evergreen
Ground cover
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

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.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Hosta Lakside Cha Cha
Common Name: Plantain-Lily
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Carex elata 'Bowles Golden'
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
5,6,7,8
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Salvia nemorosa 'Blue Hill' ('Blauhugel')
Common Name: Salvia-Perennial
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Heuchera 'Frosted Violet' PP15085 COPF
Common Name: Coral Bells
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'
Common Name: Fern-Japanese Painted
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum'
Common Name: Solomon's Seal-Variegated
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.