Vinca Minor, Lesser Periwinkle



Common name:
Lesser periwinkle
Scientific name:
Vinca minor
Main flower color:
Range:
Scattered locations across most of the UK; naturalised in many places, but native in the south
Height:
Up to 100 cm
Habitat:
Woodland, hedgerows
Flowers:
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
Leaves:
Opposite, hairless, shiny, ovate, on short stalks, with entire margins
Season:
February to May
Rarity:
★★★★★