Compared to vinca major, which is found in similar habitats, vinca minor has leaf margins that are hairless rather than ciliate, and petal tips which are flat rather than pointed. It also has somewhat broader calyx teeth, hairless rather than hairy.
Main flower color:
Scattered locations across most of the UK; naturalised in many places, but native in the south
Up to 100 cm
Purple, with a tubular corolla opening to five flat lobes, somewhat pointed at the tip. The calyx is short and hairless, with lance-shaped teeth. Flowers are up to 3 cm in diameter; they are produced singly, at the leaf nodes
Opposite, hairless, shiny, ovate, on short stalks, with entire margins
February to May