Vinca minor



Origin Of Species
Europe and Western Asia
Physical Description
Periwinkle is a creeping perennial evergreen vine that can reach up to six inches in height.  Elliptical leaves, each about an inch in length, alternate along thin stems, clustering at stem terminals.  Purple flowers are composed of five fused petals and can be found blooming between March and April.  Fruits are inconspicuous and brown.
Habitat And Distribution
Periwinkle is prominent along roadsides, fields, and woods.  It is prevalent throughout North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia.
Location On Campus
Periwinkle is intentionally cultivated around the Westhampton Deanery, and is prominent in the ravine between Laura Robins Court and University Facilities as well as the ravines between the football practice fields and the Modlin Center.
Negative Impacts
Periwinkle is often planted as an ornamental groundcover, but shallow, trailing roots allow it to invade other areas, dominating substrate and thus water and nutrients.
VDCR Invasiveness Ranking
Occasionally Invasive Species

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