- A low-growing, creeping groundcover.
- ovate to oblong
- trailing, creeping
- roots at nodes
- Blue-violet pinwheel-shaped flower with five asymmetric petals and a star shape in the center. Blooms from March to June.
- rooting stems or runners take root when in contact with the soil
- seeds are produced but are secondary to vegetative reproduction
- still planted
Key ID Features:
- creeping groundcover
- pinwheel shaped flower
- star shape in center
- Very similar to Big leaf periwinkle (Vinca major) but has smaller leaves and flowers.
- Periwinkle grows aggressively, and can form a dense evergreen groundcover that smothers and displaces native plants.
- This species grows on Nantucket, but is not found in minimally managed habitats.
Growth Form: Vine
Level of Invasiveness for Nantucket: Do not list at this time
Level of Invasiveness for Massachusetts: Not evaluated
Massachusetts Cultivation Restrictions: no