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Vinca minor (myrtle; common periwinkle; lesser periwinkle)


Wikipedia Abstract

Vinca minor (common names lesser periwinkle or dwarf periwinkle) is a species of flowering plant native to central and southern Europe, from Portugal and France north to the Netherlands and the Baltic States, east to the Caucasus, and also southwestern Asia in Turkey. Other vernacular names used in cultivation include small periwinkle, common periwinkle, and sometimes in the United States, myrtle or creeping myrtle.
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Allergen Potential [1]  Low
Bloom Period [2]  Early Summer
Drought Tolerance [2]  Medium
Fire Tolerance [2]  High
Flower Type [3]  Hermaphrodite
Frost Free Days [2]  4 months 10 days
Growth Form [2]  Stoloniferous
Growth Period [2]  Spring, Summer
Growth Rate [2]  Moderate
Hazards [3]  Large quantities of the plant are poisonous;
Leaf Type [3]  Evergreen
Lifespan [4]  Perennial
Pollinators [3]  Bees
Propagation [2]  Bare Root, Container
Root Depth [2]  8 inches (20 cm)
Seed Spread Rate [2]  None
Shape/Orientation [2]  Prostrate
Structure [3]  Shrub
Usage [3]  The stems are used in basket making; A very good ground cover for covering steep banks and shady places, spreading rapidly once established and forming a dense cover within 2 years; It is less dense on dry or exposed sites; Plants are best spaced about 60cm apart each way;
Vegetative Spread Rate [2]  Moderate
Flower Color [2]  Blue
Foliage Color [2]  Dark Green
Flower Conspicuous [2]  Yes
Height [3]  8 inches (0.2 m)
Width [3]  39 inches (1 m)
Hardiness Zone Minimum [2]  USDA Zone: 3 Low Temperature: -40 F° (-40 C°) → -30 F° (-34.4 C°)
Light Preference [5]  Mostly Shady
Soil Acidity [5]  Neutral
Soil Fertility [5]  Rich
Soil Moisture [5]  Moist
Water Use [2]  Low
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Protected Areas



Parasitized by 
Puccinia vincae[6]
Taphrocerus gracilis[6]


North America;

External References

USDA Plant Profile



Attributes / relations provided by
1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture
3Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons License
4PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish Plants: Status, Size, Life History, Geography and Habitats, M. O. Hill, C. D. Preston & D. B. Roy, Biological Records Centre, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (2004)
5ECOFACT 2a Technical Annex - Ellenberg’s indicator values for British Plants, M O Hill, J O Mountford, D B Roy & R G H Bunce (1999)
6Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
7Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants
8Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
Protected Areas provided by Biological Inventories of the World's Protected Areas in cooperation between the Information Center for the Environment at the University of California, Davis and numerous collaborators.
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Natura 2000, UK data: © Crown copyright and database right [2010] All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100017955
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Western Michigan University’s Asylum Lake
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License