Lesser Periwinkle - Common Periwinkle - Myrtle Flower
Vinca minor Linnaeus
Apocynaceae (Dogbane) Family
Plant is a low trailing evergreen with flowers borne singly in the leaf axil. Preferred habitat is roadsides, moist embankments, stream banks, abandoned sites and rich woods. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are 1 to 1-1/2 inches long; shiny, dark green and opposite on the stem; broadest at the middle, tip sharp pointed and slightly pinched; base is wedge-shaped and nearly clasping the stem.
Flowers are asymmetric; creating a pinwheel effect with
a whitish star outlined in the center. Corolla is funnel-shaped;
five-lobed; bisexual and symmetrical in form. Flowers occur in
British Wild Periwinkle, Vinca major