Periwinkle
Vinca minor

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"Vinca minor," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Vinca minor (common names lesser periwinkle or dwarf periwinkle) is a species of flowering plant native to central and southern Europe, from Portugal and France north to the Netherlands and the Baltic States, east to the Caucasus, and also southwestern Asia in Turkey. Other vernacular names used in cultivation include small periwinkle, common periwinkle, and sometimes in the United States, myrtle or creeping myrtle. Vinca minor is a trailing, viny subshrub, spreading along the ground and rooting along the stems to form large clonal colonies and occasionally scrambling up to 40 centimetres (16 in) high but never twining or climbing. The leaves are evergreen, opposite, 24.5 centimetres (0.791.77 in) long and 12.5 centimetres (0.390.98 in) broad, glossy dark green with a leathery texture and an entire margin. The flowers are solitary in the leaf axils and are produced mainly from early spring to mid summer but with a few flowers still produced into the autumn; they are violet-purple (pale purple or white in some cultivated selections), 23 centimetres (0.791.18 in) diameter, with a five-lobed corolla. The fruit is a pair of follicles 2.5 centimetres (0.98 in) long, containing numerous seeds. The species has few pests or diseases outside its native range and is widely naturalised and classified as an invasive species in parts of North America.
Mass Audubon's Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary, East Falmouth, Massachusetts
 
05/25/2018