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Vinca minor

Periwinkle (Vinca minor) Other common names: Common Periwinkle, Myrtle

French names: Pervenche mineure

Family: Dogbane Family (Apocynaceae)

Flowers: Spring;  Blue/Violet;  5 parts (petals)

Leaves: Opposite/Whorled, Simple, Entire

Habitat: Forests

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 256   

Native/Non-native: Non-native; Periwinkle is quite invasive. If you must have it in your garden care should be taken to not let it escape into adjoining forests.

Photographs: 73 photographs available, of which 8 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Periwinkle (Vinca minor) flower

Periwinkle flower.

Periwinkle (Vinca minor) flower and leaves

Periwinkle flowers are actually quite pretty.

Periwinkle (Vinca minor) flower

Periwinkle (Vinca minor) flower bud

Periwinkle flower bud.

Periwinkle (Vinca minor) leaves

Periwinkle leaves.

Periwinkle (Vinca minor) leaves

Periwinkle (Vinca minor) leaves

Periwinkle forms a thick mat over the ground, crowding out most other species.

Periwinkle (Vinca minor) invasive in the forest

A startling example of Periwinkle taking over completely!

Range map for Periwinkle (Vinca minor)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)