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Botanical name: Vinca minor
Common name: Common periwinkle, creeping vinca
USDA zones: 4 to 9 (find your zone)
Water requirement: Consistent moisture after first planting; doesn't need much after it's established.
Light requirement: Does best in dappled shade but can grow in full sun or full shade as well.
Mature size: 1 to 8 inches tall; will spread to cover large areas.
Benefits and tolerances: Tolerant of shade, sun, wet soils and drought. This is a very low-maintenance plant; once it's established, all you need to worry about is keeping it from invading other areas.
Seasonal interest: Has evergreen leaves; blooms from mid-spring to fall.
When to plant: Early fall or spring.
Here, a carpet of periwinkle borders a shady patio.