Genus: Vinca minor

Plant Type: Perennial

Hardiness Zone: Zones 3-8

Requirements: Partial sun to shade, little water.

Zoo Location: Monkey Pavilion

Characteristics: This low growing groundcover native to Western Asian and Europe is adaptable to various types of soil conditions, and can even compete well with the surface roots of trees. Shiny dark evergreen leaves have a leathery texture when mature. The thin, wiry stems will root as they arch to the ground, starting a new shoot. Blue flowers, 1 inch in diameter, have five petals and resemble a pin wheel. Perwinkle performs best in moist soils and full to partial shade.

Did you Know? Competes well with surface tree roots.