Vinca major L.
large periwinkle (bigleaf periwinkle)
Apocynaceae (Dogbane family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Jamie Fenneman     (Photo ID #6612)


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Distribution of Vinca major
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Species Information

Trailing perennial herb, freely rooting; stems spreading, 10-60 cm long, branching.
Opposite, egg-shaped to egg-shaped-lanceolate, squared-off or somewhat heart-shaped at the base, margins fringed with small hairs (ciliate), 3-9 cm long.
Solitary, bluish-purple, usually 30-50 mm wide, up to 4 per stem, calyx lobes ciliate.
Long cylindric pods without tufts of hair, 3-5 cm long.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Habitat and Range

Roadsides and waste places in the lowland zone; infrequent in SW BC, known from SE Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands; introduced from Europe.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Vinca major var. variegata Louden