Vinca minor plants—also known as periwinkle flowers or creeping myrtles—are beautiful, purple flowering plants that can provide great ground cover for your yard with a minimal amount of maintenance. Vinca seeds need darkness to germinate. Rather, the plant spreads when the trailing vines root in the soil, advises Purdue University.This ability to spread makes the periwinkle … How to Gather Vinca Seed. Vinca flowers during the summer months and grows either upright or as a short vine. Sowing Seed Indoors: Sow vinca indoors 12-15 weeks before the last frost. $6.49 $ 6. Plant Vinca Seeds: Sow Vinca seed indoors 10-12 weeks before your last frost. In spite of all of these benefits, there is one drawback: it has a tendency to overtake an area. Get it as soon as Sun, Oct 11. If you want a few more periwinkle plants, it's easier to take cuttings or divide plants than to start seeds. Periwinkle. Tough, low-maintenance, and pest-free, Vinca minor has pretty broadleaf foliage and flowers; it is also useful for providing ground cover and is known for its creeping habit. Press into soil and lightly cover. Leave no ground uncovered with the mighty periwinkle! Keep out of direct sun. The common periwinkle plant (Vinca minor) is often spotted creeping down steep hillsides and banks, offering a green and growing affect in areas which might otherwise be bare.The periwinkle plant is exceptional as an erosion control specimen.Periwinkle is also used as a spreading shrub in USDA garden zones 4 to 8. How to Sow and Plant. Dwarf periwinkle or vinca (Vinca minor) is a trailing plant with shiny green leaves and masses of 1-inch flowers in shades of lavender-blue. Generally, you do not grow periwinkle from seeds. Vinca, scientific name Catharanthus, has the common names periwinkle and Madagascar periwinkle. Many people stopped planting it, due to its sensitivity to aerial Phytophthora, a fungal disease that wipes out entire beds of periwinkle, almost overnight. Starting your seeds later is fine. Use individual cells or flats. Annual vinca, Catharanthus, may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost or planted as a potted plant. With its glossy evergreen leaves and cheerful blue star-like flowers, it can really brighten up a shady corner in your garden. Sow seeds in seed-starting formula and cover with 1/8 inch of seed … 49. Save seed from periwinkle plants if you have patented hybrids and want to experiment with different flower colors and plant forms, or if you want to start a large number of plants at once. Vinca. Vinca minor and Vinca major, which resemble periwinkles but are technically different plants. This vigorous trailing plant can easily tackle any tricky shady situation and happily cover your planting space. 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