- Vinca minor
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Common periwinkle, a common invader throughout most of the United States,
is a evergreen to semi-evergreen, trailing vine that reaches length up
to 3 feet. The stems are slender, somewhat woody and green in color. The
opposite, glossy leaves are approximately 1 inch long and narrowly elliptical
in shape. Some varieties have variegated leaf colors. Flowers are violet
to blue (possibly white) in color, 1 inch wide, and 5-petaled. Common
periwinkle invades open to shady forests, often around former plantings
at old homesites. It forms dense and extensive mats along forest floors
that exclude native vegetation. It is native to Europe and was first introduced
into America in the 1700s as an ornamental. It is still commonly sold
as an ornamental ground cover.
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For more information on this plant or management please contact US Army Corp of Engineers
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