Vinca major is part of the Apocynaceae family of plants. It is an evergreen perennial and a trailing vine. They also call it the Bigleaf Periwinkle, Blue Periwinkle, Greater Periwinkle, Creeping Myrtle, Cut-finger, Sorcerer’s Violet, Quater, Ground Periwinkle, Flower of Death, Grave Myrtle, Band Plant, or the Large Periwinkle. It is native to Western Mediterranean.
It is a ground cover that grows up to 10in or 25cm tall but it can grow very long and cover a lot of areas. The vine grows 5m or 16ft long and has rooting stems. They used it to make garlands and therefore the name is from Latin “vincire” which means to bind.
Vinca major leaves are opposite and lanceolate. They are glossy, leathery and bright green. The hermaphrodite flowers are solitary and about 5cm or 2in wide. The color is violet. Vinca major flowers from early spring through autumn.
How to grow Vinca major:
Grow Vinca major in the sun, partial or full shade. It flowers more in the sun. Plant it in moist, but well-drained soil. It grows in most types of soil except dry. It can grow invasive. Propagate by division or semi-hardwood cuttings. Watch out for aphids or rust.