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Vinca major (Big leaf periwinkle)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.5m
Max height
2.5m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Vinca major

Other names

Big leaf periwinkle

Genus

Vinca Vinca

Species

V. major - V. major has dark-green oval-shaped leaves, and wide funnel-shaped bright blue flowers on the tips of thin stalks in spring.


Vinca major is: Evergreen

Habit

Trailing, Mat Forming, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Purple in Spring; Purple in Summer; Purple in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids Aphids

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 6. Can be invasive.

Propagation methods

Division, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Vinca major (Big leaf periwinkle) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 2.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Banks and Slopes, Low Maintenance, Ground Cover, Underplanting, Wallside and trellises, Drought Tolerant

Cultivation

Plant in any soil but very dry. Flowers best in full sun but tolerates shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

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Botanical name

Vinca major

Other names

Big leaf periwinkle

Genus

Vinca Vinca

Species

V. major - V. major has dark-green oval-shaped leaves, and wide funnel-shaped bright blue flowers on the tips of thin stalks in spring.

Native to

Mediterranean

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Trailing, Mat Forming, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Purple in Spring; Purple in Summer; Purple in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 6. Can be invasive.

Propagation methods

Division, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Vinca major (Big leaf periwinkle) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 2.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Banks and Slopes, Low Maintenance, Ground Cover, Underplanting, Wallside and trellises, Drought Tolerant

Cultivation

Plant in any soil but very dry. Flowers best in full sun but tolerates shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Vinca major (Big leaf periwinkle)

Common pest name

Alfalfa dwarf; Anaheim disease; California vine disease; Dwarf disease of alfalfa; Dwarf disease of lucerne; Leaf scald of oleander; Leaf scald of plum; Leaf scorch; Phony disease of peach; Pierce's disease of grapevine; Variegated chlorosis of citrus

Scientific pest name

Xylella fastidiosa subsp. pauca and related strains

Type

Bacterium

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

A bacterial disease with a wide host range causing substantial damage to olive production in the south of Italy. The priority is to prevent further spread from that area through robust EU regulation. This subspecies is unlikely to be able to thrive in the UK; but should an outbreak occur there would be a need for eradication action which would result in environmental and social impacts.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Vinca major (Big leaf periwinkle)

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Spilostethus pandurus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Seed bug unlikely to pose a significant threat to UK plant health.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Vinca major (Big leaf periwinkle)

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Spilostethus hospes

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

1

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Seed bug unlikely to pose a significant threat to UK plant health.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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