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Periwinkle (Creeping Myrtle)
Vinca minor

Periwinkle is a garden plant that escapes from cultivation. In this country, it apparently does not spread by seed -- only by expanding the size of its patch by its creeping stems. Because of this, Vinca growing in a wild area generally marks the site of a former home and garden.

• Family: Dogbane (Apocynaceae)
• Habitat: woods, shady roadsides
• Height: 6-8 inches
• Flower size: 3/4 to 1 inch across
• Flower color: blue-purple
• Flowering time: April to May
• Origin: southern Europe

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Last updated November 13, 2005. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.