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Vinca minor

Common Name: Common Periwinkle
Vinca minor
Vinca minor

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Genus: Vinca
Species: Vinca minor

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

The flowers of common periwinkle are 1" with lopsided petals and a star in the center.

The leaves are evergreen, glossy, and paired. The plant is a creeping vine that stands at 6" in height.

Habitat & Range

Common periwinkle grows on forest floors. It is native to Europe, and it is invasive in North America where it escaped from gardens.

Life Cycle

The flowers bloom from April to June.

Common periwinkle is an herbaceous perennial.

Featured image by James Dake.


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