Vinca major greater periwinkle Apocynaceae VIMA*; R;

 

Vinca major.commons.wikimedia.org

Vinca major.commons.wikimedia.org (Accessed 5/2014).

Vinca major is a perennial vine-like herb, flowering branches to 50 cm tall, sap milky. 

Leaves opposite, to 7 cm long, deltoid to egg-shaped, margins finely hairy. 

Flowers blue, fused at base, petal lobes spreading (salverform), 2 cm long, 5 cm across top; blooms April-May. 

Fruit small, two-lobed. 

Wetland status: NL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Europe. 

Habitat: Escaped from cultivation.