Vinca, or myrtle, is a sub-shrub and makes excellent ground cover in shady spots. It spreads quickly and can be invasive, so you’ll need to keep it in check.
Vinca does have medicinal uses for several types of cancers. It has also been used to treat diabetes, coughs and sore throats.
The plant is associated with sweet memories though this is clearly not connected with its medicinal uses.
How to Grow
- Pick a shady spot in your garden.
- Dig a hole slightly larger than the roots.
- Mix in a good fertilizer.
- Place the plant in the hole and cover with soil.
Vinca is drought tolerant and makes an excellent border plant. We have purple vinca in our garden, but it does come in a variety of colors, including pink and white.