Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1639

Subshrub; Woody vine
Perennial
Has milky sap (latex)

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

Common, persistent and spreading from cultivation

Look for it in disturbed areas, around old house sites and esp old cemeteries, 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
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
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

 

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
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 minor   FAMILY Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Vinca minor   FAMILY Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 156-04-001:
Vinca minor   FAMILY Apocynaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Periwinkle