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Vinca minor L.
common periwinkle
Apocynaceae (Dogbane family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Trailing perennial herb, freely rooting; stems spreading, 10-60 cm long, branching.
Opposite, egg-shaped to egg-shaped-lanceolate, narrowed at the base, 3-9 cm long.
Solitary, bluish-purple, usually 20-30 mm wide, 1 per stem, calyx lobes glabrous.
Long cylindric pods without tufted hairs, 3-5 cm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

USDA Species Characteristics

Flower Colour:
Blooming Period:
Early Summer
Source:  The USDA

Habitat / Range

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

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Additional Notes

This species is listed are one of the twelve most problematics species in the Vancouver Region by the Greater Vancouver Invasive Plant Council. For further information, visit their web site.


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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