Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Vinca minor L. image
Photographer: Michael Clayton           

Botanical Illustration

Botanical Illustration

Botanical Illustration

Kurt Stüber

Margery Melgaard
Family Apocynaceae
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)
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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

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