Myrtle

Myrtle (also known as Periwinkle)

Vinca minor L.

Family Dogbane (Apocynaceae)
Bloom Spring
Habitat Forest
Status Non-Native
Cycle Perennial
Height 2-4″
Flower Five-petal blue flower up to 1
inch across on short, erect stems which rise above the leaves.
Leaf Shiny, leathery leaves appear in pairs along the stem. Leaves stay green all year.
Notes The stems are smooth and lay on the ground like vines creating a dense ground cover. This plant is used as ground cover in landscaping and have escaped and are often found near abandoned homesteads, cemeteries, and roadsides.

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