OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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WEAKLEY'S FLORA (2/8/20):
Vinca minor   FAMILY Apocynaceae


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Vinca minor   FAMILY Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 156-04-001:
Vinca minor   FAMILY Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Vinca minor

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Periwinkle, Myrtle Vinca


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image of Vinca minor, Common Periwinkle, Myrtle Vinca

JK Marlow    jkm0403j_18

March    Greenville County    SC

image of Vinca minor, Common Periwinkle, Myrtle Vinca

JK Marlow    jkm0403q_08

March    Greenville County    SC

Churchyard or cemetery

image of Vinca minor, Common Periwinkle, Myrtle Vinca

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmvminor_and4

March    Anderson County    SC

image of Vinca minor, Common Periwinkle, Myrtle Vinca

JK Marlow    jkm150407_134

April    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Flowers 2-3cm across, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Vinca minor, Common Periwinkle, Myrtle Vinca

JK Marlow    jkm150407_136

April    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Vinca minor, Common Periwinkle, Myrtle Vinca

JK Marlow    jkm150407_137

April    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Leaves coriaceous, evergreen, elliptic; margins not ciliate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (2/8/20):
Vinca minor   FAMILY Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Vinca minor   FAMILY Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 156-04-001:
Vinca minor   FAMILY Apocynaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Vinca minor

 

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1639

Subshrub; Woody vine
Perennial

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 especially old cemeteries, per Weakley's Flora

map
Click here to see a more detailed map from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium,

or click here to see a map from SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.


INVASIVE

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

 

 

DOES THE PLANT HAVE "MILKY SAP"?
Has milky sap (latex)

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Opposite

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

FRUIT:
Summer
Paired follicles

 

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