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Vinca major Maculata

Greater Periwinkle

Dark green leaves with mottled lime green centres

This Periwinkle is an evergreen ground covering shrub. Maculata differs from other Periwinkles by having a golden centre to its foliage and paler blue flowers. It is also less vigorous.


They like shady spots best, covering the ground well but not in abundance.


Be sure to water it well in the first year after planting out.

If planted in full sun it is prone to leaf burn.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub, Ground cover
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Autumn, Spring, Summer
Flowering March - November
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 25 cm - 30 cm
Plant width 25 cm - 30 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 20 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Acid, Chalk, Clay, Light sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Coastal or drought resistant, Banks and slopes, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From March to September