Vinca herbacea

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 Vinca herbacea subsp. var.  Herbaceous Periwinkle
Vinca herbacea leaves and flowers
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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Vinca herbacea, Waldst. & Kit. Hardy trailing glabrous herb, which usually loses its lvs. in winter: lvs. elliptical or lanceolate, rather obtuse, margins revolute; petiole very short: fls. more purple than the other species; calyx-lobes narrowly lanceolate, acuminate; corolla-lobes obovate, oblong-obtuse. E. Eu., Asia Minor. B.M. 2002. B.R. 301.

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Vinca herbacea (Herbaceous Periwinkle) is a flowering plant native to eastern and southeastern Europe, from Austria south to Greece, and east to the Crimea, and also in southwestern Asia east to the Caucasus and Alborz mountains. It grows mainly in steppe habitats.

It is a herbaceous perennial growing as a trailing vine, spreading along the ground and rooting along the stems to form clonal colonies, growing up to 10-20 cm high. The leaves are opposite, lanceolate, 1-5 cm long and 0.2-3 cm broad, glossy green with an entire margin, and nearly sessile with only a very short petiole. The flowers are produced in late summer, blue-violet or occasionally white, 2.5-3.5 cm diameter, with a five-lobed corolla.


It is occasionally grown in temperate gardens as a rock garden plant.


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