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Periwinkle Vinca minor
Dogbane Apocynaceae family

Leaves are glossy and evergreen. This is a trailing plant with opposite leaves. The mid-vein is prominent and whitish.


Flowers are blue-violet (periwinkle blue!), with 5 petals that are asymetrical, forming an outlined whitish star shape in the middle. Flowers are about 1" wide and funnel shaped, with flaring lobes.

Form/habitat:Periwinkle is a creeping groundcover that has escaped from cultivation. It is often found along roadsides. 3-6" high. Blooms in April.

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