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Vinca - Vinca minor
Family: Apocynaceae

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Description

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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