Connecticut Plants
Periwinkle (Creeping Myrtle)
Vinca minor L.

Periwinkle is a garden plant that escapes from cultivation. In this country, it apparently does not spread by seed -- only by expanding the size of its patch by its creeping stems. Because of this, Vinca growing in a wild area generally marks the site of a former home and garden.

  • Family: dogbane (Apocynaceae)
  • Habitat: woods, shady roadsides
  • Height: 6-8 inches
  • Flower size: 3/4 to 1 inch across
  • Flower color: blue-purple
  • Flowering time: April to May
  • Origin: southern Europe
Vinca minor L.