Vinca is a genus of flowering plants in the family Apocynaceae, native to Europe, northwest Africa and southwest Asia. The genus contains five species, four of which are native to the Mediterranean region and one to central Europe. The name “vinca” comes from the Latin word vincio, meaning “to bind”, referring to the traditional use of Vinca plants as a binding material.
Plants are evergreen or semi-evergreen perennials with a spreading habit. They have medium to dark green leaves and small, blue or white flowers. The flowers are borne in clusters at the ends of the stems and bloom from spring to summer.
Plants are relatively low-maintenance and are tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions. They are often used as groundcover in gardens and landscapes.
Plants will grow in a wide range of soil types, from sandy to clayey, but prefers a well-drained soil.
Plants will grow in full sun to partial shade.
Plants are drought-tolerant once established, but will flower best with regular watering during the growing season.
Plants are not heavy feeders, but will benefit from a yearly application of a balanced fertilizer.
Plants can be propagated by seed or cuttings.
Plants bloom from spring to summer.
Sow from February to October
Sow from March to May