Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1638

Subshrub; Woody vine
Perennial
Has milky sap (latex)

Non-native: Europe
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (persistent & spreading from cultivation)

Look for it in disturbed areas, suburban woodlands, around old house sites, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
SC Native Plant Society
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
US Forest Service Southern Research Station
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

full sun partial shade

LEAVES:
Deciduous or Semi-evergreen
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring
Blue-violet
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-merous
5-lobed salverform corolla
5 stamens

FRUIT:
Summer
Paired follicles

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Gentianales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Vinca major   FAMILY Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Vinca major   FAMILY Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 156-04-002:
Vinca major   FAMILY Apocynaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Bigleaf Periwinkle, Greater Periwinkle