Hinton Ampner Garden

Vinca major 'Alba'

Greater Periwinkle


The Dell View Path.


Vinca major is an evergreen trailing vine, spreading along the ground and rooting along the stems to form dense masses of groundcover individually 2-5 m across and scrambling up to 50-70 cm high. The leaves 3-9 cm long and 2-6 cm broad, glossy dark green with a leathery texture. The flowers are normally violet-purple, 3-5 cm diameter, with a five-lobed corolla but this is the white form which is rather less vigourous. The flowering period extends from early spring to autumn but does occur during mild winters.

Site and Care:

Prefers moist undergrowth, woodlands, hedgerows and will grow in full sun and in deep shade with little moisture content. Propagation is by self rooted layers which it will freely develop. A useful plant, especially in deep shade, but it can be invasive if not kept in check.