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Vinca minor
lesser periwinkle
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Introduced in scattered locations across Washington, moreso in western lowlands; occurring in much of eastern North America, where it is considered invasive.

Habitat: Somewhat moist disturbed areas.

Flowers: March-May

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Perennial herbs with milky juice, the stems more or less prostrate, rooting, nearly glabrous.

Leaves:

Leaves opposite, ovate to elliptic, 2.5-5 cm. long, short-petiolate, rather leathery.

Flowers:

Flowers solitary in the leaf axils, on long pedicels; calyx divided nearly to the base, the 5 lobes linear; corolla blue-violet, with long, narrow tube and 5 widely-spreading, truncate to rounded lobes, 25-30 mm. 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.

Fruits:

Follicles elongate, forked.

Accepted Name:
Vinca minor L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 209. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Vinca minor checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Vinca minor atlas page.

CalPhotos: Vinca minor photos.

USDA Plants: Vinca minor information.

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