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Periwinkle (Creeping Myrtle)-Vinca minor Hardy Planting Zones- 4-8 Sun or Shade – Partial to Full Shade Mature Height - 3-6" (vines to 18" long) Mature Width- 6-18"

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Periwinkle – Vinca Minor

 The Vinca Minor, known to most of us as the lesser, or dwarf, periwinkle, is a common garden plant, found throughout central and southern Europe, with a growing zone that extends west to Portugal and east to the Caucasus and Turkey. In North America, where it is not a native plant but has been cultivated, the Vinca Minor is usually referred to as a creeping myrtle. It is a flowering shrub that spreads, or creeps, along with the ground, putting down colonies of roots along its path. While the Vinca Minor has been known to edge up available structures to heights of 15 or 16 feet, it is not known for its climbing. The plant is generally found in temperate zones, usually as garden ground cover, where it is useful for choking out unwanted weed growth, and providing a green backdrop throughout the year. The evergreen leaves of the Vinca Minor, elliptical in shape, grow to a length of 1 to 2 inches, and width of about 1 inch. The leaves have a pleasant sheen and thick texture. Through spring and up until midsummer, sometimes even into early fall, the plant produces a gentle, violet flower. The flower, just over an inch in diameter, is usually solitary with 5 petals. The Vinca Minor's presence in North America stems largely from the flower's common usage at graves and cemeteries across the American South. Its presence in that region today is still a common indicator of an unmarked grave site. Vinca Minor isn't just known for its looks: it has brains too, or, at the very least, it helps the human brain. The plant's medicinal value is derived from the presence of 50 different alkaloids; though most commonly harvested for vincamine. Found in the leaves of the plant, and comprising up to 65% of the Vinca Minor's alkaloid composition, vincamine is marketed as the nootropic, Oxybral SR. Nootropics are known as smart drugs, thought to combat aging and enhance cognitive processing.

 

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Vinca Minor is a great perennial to add lots of colors, and this plant can grow to become around twelve inches tall.  It will usually bloom in April and May.  This plant can also do well in shaded areas.  It loves soil conditions that are moist and well drained.This plant will also do well in gardens that have moist and well-drained soils.