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botanical name:
Vinca minor
Vinca minor © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Lesser Periwinkle, Creeping Myrtle
family:  Apocynaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen, ground-cover
height: 0.15m
width: 0.90m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: prostrate
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: violet
main season: Summer
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun, part shade, shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -29°C
USDA zone: 5 to 9
description:
Small dark green leaves, spreads by self rooting stems to make a good ground cover. More tidy in habit than the larger Vinca major. Free flowering over a long period, the small flowers are usually pale violet-purple but colour varies somewhat between individual plants.

cultivation:
Will grow in most soils and situations. Thrives on clay soils. Flowers best in sun.
May become invasive. Can be cut back hard in early spring.

propagation:
By division or semi-ripe cuttings.

usage:
Effective and tough ground cover even in difficult situations.
Used medicinally, the leaves contain the alkaloid vincamine which effects blood flow. Has been used to treat internal bleeding, nose bleeds, excessive menstrual bleeding and forms of dementia and memory loss.

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