Vinca minor L.
common periwinkle
Apocynaceae (Dogbane family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Jamie Fenneman     (Photo ID #2078)


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Distribution of Vinca minor
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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, 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.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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USDA Species Characteristics

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

Habitat and 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.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Taxonomic 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.