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Lesser Periwinkle

Vinca minor

Plant Data

Order:
Gentianales
Family:
Apocynaceae (Periwinkle)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
5 violet blue petals, sometimes purple, solitary, up to 3cm wide. Greater Periwinkle is similar to this species but has larger flowers.
Fruit:
A non-fleshy, elliptical, dry fruit (follicle), splitting open on one side. Up to 2.5cm long. Follicles appear together in pairs.
Leaves:
A creeping evergreen plant, leaves overwintering. The leaves are green, opposite and untoothed. The leaves of Greater Periwinkle are similar to Lesser Periwinkle but they have hairy margins, whereas Lesser Periwinkle leaf margins are hairless.
Maximum Size:
45cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
Poisonous.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Common Periwinkle, Creeping Myrtle, Dwarf Periwinkle, Flower-of-Death, Running Myrtle, Small Periwinkle.
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, hedgerows, parkland, roadsides, woodland.