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lesser periwinkle

Genus: Vinca.

Species: Vinca minor.

■Position: full sun or partial shade
■Soil: any but very dry soil
■Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
■Flowering period: April to September
■Flower colour: pure-white
■Hardiness: fully hardy

This prostrate, evergreen plant forms a neat carpet of lance-shaped, dark green leaves - excellent for suppressing weeds in sun or partial shade. The wonderful, pure-white flowers - borne over a long period from April to September - are valuable for lightening dark areas. More compact than other varieties, it's perfect where space is limited.

■Garden care: To prevent the plant from becoming invasive cut back any unwanted shoots in spring.

■Eventual Height: 15cm
■Eventual Spread: 50cm

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