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Botanical Name: Vinca Major 'Variegata'

Common Name: Variegated Periwinkle

Cultivar: Variegata

Other Names: Trailing Vinca, Bigleaf Periwinkle

Plant Type: Perennial

A very noticable groundcover, featuring rich lavender-blue flowers held over deep green foliage edged in yellowish white, does well in sun or shade, quickly forms a dense mat, even grows well under mature trees

Plant Categories: Perennial, Bedding Plant, Ground Cover, Shade-tolerant Perennial, Sun-loving Perennial

Landscape Application: Edging, Garden, Groundcover, Container

Water Requirements
Average To Moist

Sunlight Requirements
Full Sun To Shade

Plant Height
4 Inches

Plant Width/Spread
24 Inches


Deer Resistant


Growth & Care

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone6b
Recommended Pruning MethodShould Not Need Pruning

Size & Shape

Growth RateFast
Plant FormSpreading

Additional Categories

Additional CategoryPeriwinkle


Foliage TypeEvergreen
Foliage MarkingsEdges
Foliage ShapeOval


Flower ColorLavender
Flower PeriodFrom Mid To Late Spring

Landscape Attributes

Variegated Periwinkle is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration,


Variegated Periwinkle is recommended for the following landscape applications,

Border Edging, General Garden Use, Groundcover, Container Planting

Ornamental Features

Variegated Periwinkle has masses of beautiful lavender flowers with blue overtones along the stems from mid to late spring, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its attractive glossy oval leaves remain dark green in color with distinctive creamy white edges and tinges of white throughout the year.

Planting & Growing

Variegated Periwinkle will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.

This plant performs well in both full sun and full shade. However, you may want to keep it away from hot, dry locations that receive direct afternoon sun or which get reflected sunlight, such as against the south side of a white wall. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider covering it with a thick layer of mulch in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division, however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Variegated Periwinkle is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Negatives: Spreading