Vinca minor L.
Family: Apocynaceae
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Etymology: Vinca: from the Latin name Vinca pervinca from vincio, "to bind," referring to the shoots
Plants: trailing perennial shrub up to 40" long, mat-forming ground cover, milky juice; stems somewhat woody
Leaves: opposite, stalked, lance-shaped to elliptical, broadest near the middle, evergreen, glossy with hairless edges
Flowers: blue, 5-parted, 3/4"-1 1/4" wide; flat, wide, funnel shape; solitary in axil of each pair of leaves; blooms April-May
Fruits: paired, very narrow, rarely seen pods
Habitat: roadsides, woods
Invasiveness: Invasive - Eradicate!
Conservation Status: Introduced - persisting and spreading; ecologically invasive
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Kurt Stüber  
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