|Vinca minor subsp. var.||Dwarf periwinkle|
|Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture|
Vinca minor, Linn. Common Periwinkle. Blue, Running, or Trailing Myrtle. Fig. 3933. Hardy evergreen, trailing herb: fl.-sts. erect, sometimes nearly a foot high: lvs. ovate, oblong-ovate, or elliptic-lanceolate, not more than 1 1/2 in. long, glabrous, petiole very short with 2 glands at the top: fls. lilac-blue; calyx-lobes lanceolate, rather obtuse; corolla-lobes cuneate, obtuse and truncate.-Common in all country gardens and running wild in cemeteries and shady places. Some of the horticultural varieties are: Var. alba, Hort., which has single white fls. Var. alba plena, Hort., with double white fls. Var. alba variegata, Hort., is a form with variegated lvs. and single white fls. Var. argentea variegata, Hort., has the lvs. silvery variegated. Var. atropurpurea compacta, Hort., has single dark purple fls. Var. aurea, Hort., has been in the trade, a form with golden foliage. Var. aurea variegata, Hort., has golden variegated lvs. Var. caerulea, Hort. (V. caerulea, Hort. V. caerulea minor, Hort.), is a form with bright blue, single fls. There is also a form known as V. caerulea argentea marginata, Hort., which has the lvs. margined with silvery white. Var. flore-pleno, Hort., probably the same as var. plena. Var. plena, Hort., has double fls., otherwise like the type. Var. purpurea plena, Hort., has double purple fls. Var. rosea, Hort., has single rosy fls. Var. rosea fl.-pl. Hort., is like the last but double-fld. Var. variegata, Hort., is a variegated-lvd., blue-fld. form offered in the trade. V. elegantissima alba, Hort., and also "The Bride," a form with white fls. which are pink-centered belong to this species.
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Leaf margins for comparison; Vinca minor above, Vinca major below; note hairless margin of V. minor, hairy margin of V. major.
- Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture, by L. H. Bailey, MacMillan Co., 1963
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