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Vinca major
greater periwinkle
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Occasionally escapes from gardens, west side of the Cascades.

Habitat: Moderately moist soil.

Flowers: June - August

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glabrous, perennial herbs with milky juice, the branches 1-3 dm. long, often trailing and rooting.


Leaves opposite, long-petiolate, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, 3-9 cm. long, with fine hairs along the margins.


Flowers solitary in the leaf axils, on long pedicels; calyx divided nearly to the base, the 5 lobes linear, with short bristles on the margins; corolla blue, with long, narrow tube and 5 widely-spreading, truncate lobes, 3-5 cm. broad; tube about 2 cm. long, crested and hairy in the throat; stamens 5, attached below the throat, the filaments short; style elongate, the stigma ovoid, tapering to a truncate apex; ovary superior.


Follicles 3-5 cm. long.

Accepted Name:
Vinca major L.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Vinca major in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Vinca major checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Vinca major atlas page.

CalPhotos: Vinca major photos.

USDA Plants: Vinca major information.

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