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Periwinkle (Vinca minor)
Periwinkle is easy to grow, tough, and pest free, with glossy green leaves and pretty purple flowers. It spreads quickly, making it a beloved ground cover. Blooming in May and June, it reaches a mature size of three to six inches in height with trailing vines that get up to 18 inches long. Periwinkle likes partial sun to full shade and thrives in well-drained, normal, sandy, or clay soil. Hardy in Zones 4 through 8, Periwinkle spreads rapidly to fill in space, cover large areas, and prevent weeds from taking over. Periwinkle can be planted under big trees, where grass would not grow well due to lack of sunlight. Because Periwinkle will root and spread, it can help hold the soil in place, making it a good choice for banks or hillsides where it will prevent erosion.