Vinca minor periwinkle Apocynaceae VIMI*p; Bx, pb, up, vc; NY, iw; Q, a, j; K; R, c, gb, h, wp;

 

Vinca minor.©Jeff McMillian @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database.Courtesy of Almost Eden

Vinca minor.© Jeff McMillian @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database.Courtesy of Almost Eden

Vinca minor is a perennial to 1 m, trailing, evergreen groundcover, sap milky; stems slender, colonial, rooting at nodes and from root crowns, forming dense mats, sap milky. 

Leaves opposite elliptic, ca 4 cm, dark green, shiny, smooth. 

Flowers blue, tubular, petal lobes flaring, ca 1 cm wide; blooms May. 

Fruit a green pod about 1 cm long. Not known to reproduce by seed in this region. 

Wetland status: NL. 

Frequency in NYC: Occasional. 

Origin: Europe. 

Habitat: Escaped from cultivation, old house sites, rooted from garden debris. Very shade tolerant. 

Notes: Crowds out native herbs (Young 1996). Appears not to be eaten by insects or animals.