Photographer: Michael Clayton
Vinca minor L.
greater periwinkle, periwinkle, running-myrtle
Vinca: from the Latin name Vinca pervinca from vincio, "to bind," referring to the shoots
minor: smaller, lesser (see major)
Invasive - Eradicate!
|Status: ||Introduced - persisting and spreading; ecologically invasive|
|Plant: ||trailing perennial shrub up to 40" long, mat-forming ground cover, milky juice; stems somewhat woody|
|Flower: ||blue, 5-parted, 3/4"-1 1/4" wide; flat, wide, funnel shape; solitary in axil of each pair of leaves; blooms April-May|
|Fruit:||paired, very narrow, rarely seen pods|
|Leaf:||opposite, stalked, lance-shaped to elliptical, broadest near the middle, evergreen, glossy with hairless edges|
|Habitat: ||roadsides, woods|