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Periwinkle or Blue Myrtle

Vinca spp


The charming periwinkle, also called myrtle, has a long history. Originally a native of southern Europe, plants were brought over by the colonists, and now it has naturalized over much of the Northeast. "Periwinkle" is thought to be an old Slavic word, pervinka, meaning "first" and referring to the early spring flowers. Perennials Image Gallery Description of periwinkle: Periwinkle is a trailing plant about 6 inches high with small, oval, opposite, dark green, shiny, evergreen leaves. In spring, 5-petaled flowers, about 3/4-inch in diameter, are borne on short stems in a lovely shade of blue.

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JimJohnson2 5 years ago

Hi empidonax! I think you are right. My neighbor used to have Blue Myrtle and I'll bet she did some thinning and dumped the extras out in the woods and it took over. Thanks for the excellent eye!

empidonax 5 years ago

Looks like periwinkle (Vinca sp.) — an invasive species in North America.

Pennsylvania, USA

Lat: 41.90, Long: -78.65

Spotted on Apr 6, 2014
Submitted on Apr 6, 2014

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