Virginia Tech Dendrology

periwinkle Apocynaceae Vinca minor L. Listen to the Latin symbol: VIMI2
Leaf: Opposite, evergreen, simple, elliptical to ovate, 1/2 to 1 inch long, entire, shiny dark green, paler mid-vein.
Flower: Attractive, most commonly bluish-purple, some cultivars white, 5 fused petals, 1 inch across, appearing spring.
Fruit: Inconspicuous, small (1 inch) brown, bean-like follicle.
Twig: Slender, green; small green buds; commonly root at the nodes.
Form: Prostrate, trailing, non-climbing vine; forms a dense mat along the ground.
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Additional Range Information: Vinca minor is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and may seed into the landscape. See states reporting periwinkle.
External Links: USDAFS Additional Silvics - USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson