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Can anyone identify this purple five-petal flower?

JadeyJadey Posts: 36

Hi, I spotted this flower when I was in Quinta Da Regaleira in Portugal and I'd love to try and grow it in my garden. Can anyone help me identify it?
Many thanks, Jade 







  • ZenjeffZenjeff Posts: 647


  • BiljeBilje Posts: 753
    Could be vinca but vinca petals aren't so pointed, I've no suggestions.

    Jadey what did the plant look like vinca is a ground cover plant which has long stems ie not like a bush or tree. Also what size flowers, vinca flowers are only a centimetre or two wide.

    Best of luck with your quest
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,295

    Some are Vincas are pointed like that , some even more pointed. But I'd need to see some whole leaves and the shape of the plant before making an attempt at ID

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • AdriAdri Posts: 16
    Vinca herbacea?
  • I think this might be Vinca difformis.

  • JadeyJadey Posts: 36

    Thanks so much everyone! Yes, it's definitely either a Vinca difformis or Vinca herbacea, I think I will buy a plant of each as they both look lovely.

    Unfortunately, I can't remember any more about it to help narrow it down further. I took the photo a few years ago before I even had a garden and forgot about it. Recently I was looking through the photo's for that garden visit and realised I had bought and grown a few of the plants I had photographed without even intending to. I realised I really loved that garden and decided to add a few more elements from it but couldn't, for the life of me, work out what this lovely bluey-purpley-white one was.

    Thanks again for all your help image

  • B3B3 Posts: 26,419

    Be careful where you plant it or you'll have a job for life keeping it under control!

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • JadeyJadey Posts: 36

    Oh no, really? Can you recommend anything to stop it being too aggressive? Or should I stick to growing it in pots? 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 85,989

    The trick with vinca is to watch out for when it's throwing out long shoots - they will touch the ground and form new plants - I cut the whole plant hard back to a few inches before those shoots are able to do that.  Of course, if you want a few more plants you can let them root and then cut the connecting stem, dig up the new plant and put it where you want it. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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