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Dwarf Periwinkle

Vinca minor


A small cluster of periwinkle in my lovely neighbor's garden. This is the plant the color comes from. For some reason here in the states we call this 'myrtle' or 'creeping myrtle' which is odd to me because I'm fairly certain we already have a plant called that. An extremely common groundcover plant, periwinkle is planted often in the South in cemeteries. Where periwinkle is naturalized is an indicator of graveyards who markers have long decayed, and that's strangely beautiful. Periwinkle is resilient and can be tough to eradicate where it is considered invasive. It's waxy leaves repel most water based herbicides, digging it up is your best bet.


Native to Europe but has been naturalized in North America and other places.

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Spotted on Jul 10, 2020
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