Vinca Bowles (Vinca minor 'Bowles')
VIN-kah MY-nor 'Bowles'

Deciduous Perennial
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Size Notes Price Availability
#1 gallon Field $8.72
24 Flat Field

Midwest Overstock

24 Flat Field



Limited Availability
32 Flat Field $49.10
32 flat Field

Full Foliage

Tray of 10 4" pots Field $44.18
Tray of 6 #1 gallons Field

Full Foliage



Periwinkle is an herbaceous perennial evergreen ground cover in the Apocynaceae (dogbane) family. Originally from Europe, its dainty blue-lavender flowers appear against the backdrop of luxurious dark green leathery foliage in spring and early summer and intermittently throughout the year. The plant tolerates high heat and close to full shade, but prefers full or partial sun, although its leaves can tend to yellow in full sun. Plant in moist, organic soils. When using as a groundcover, plant 8 inches apart for quick cover of smaller areas and 12 to 18 inches apart for large areas. While often used as a ground cover for large natural areas and around trees it grows quickly and aggressively rooting at the nodes and can become weedy.


Plant Data

Mature Size 6 - inches tall. 24 - 36 inches wide.
Sun Exposure Full Shade - Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance Medium -
Zones 3a - 9b (Usually hardy to -40° F)
Tags Container, Deciduous, Deer Resistant, Dry Shade Tolerant, For a Shady Spot, Full Shade, Full Sun, Groundcover, Low Maintenance, Medium, Most Popular, Non-Allergenic, Partial Shade, Partial Sun, Perennial, Rabbit Resistant, Shade Tolerant, Winter Interest, Yellow Foliage
Bloom Period Late Spring to Mid-Summer
Flower Color Blue / Lavender

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Spring annuals and tender perennials are typically grown in Greenhouses so they can be ready and luxurious exactly when customers want them. Some perennials are also “forced” into early bloom in greenhouses. In May, there can be a very big difference between field-grown and greenhouse-grown plants of the same type. The latter typically look good right away (so they’re a great choice where that’s important), but we typically pay a premium for it.

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We order from a rotating cast of the best nurseries in the Great Lakes region. It looks like we've offered this plant in the past, but the nurseries we're working with this week don't appear to have it in stock at the moment.

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