Vinca Minor is a dense groundcover that produces a lovely blue flower in the Spring and Summer. Its evergreen leaves are a deep, rich green color.
It's not too picky about the soil it's in, but will do best with well-drained, moist soil. It's ease of cultivation and tendency to spread make it popular as a low-maintenance groundcover. Just remember that it's also difficult to get rid of. It will usually require cutting and application of chemicals to its roots to stop it from coming back.
Vinca Minor is also known as Periwinkle, Common Periwinkle, Lesser Periwinkle, Myrtle and Creeping Myrtle. It was given the Latin name of Vinca, meaning to wind around, because its stems were used in wreath making. Minor is about its leaves, which are smaller than that of its cousin, Vinca Major.
It is native to southern and central Europe. Its original range extends from the Netherlands in the north, to Portugal in the south, and east to Turkey. Today, it is cultivated in many parts of the world.
It also has medicinal uses. It contains compounds that have been found to be useful in the treatment of cancer and reduced blood flow.
If you're looking for a groundcover that is easy to plant and care for, you should consider Vinca Minor. You will enjoy its delicate, blue flowers in Spring and Summer and its dense green foliage year round. Just be sure that you make plans to keep it from spreading too far.