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Common Name: Periwinkle; Myrtle
Scientific Name: Vinca minor
Range: Throughout
Flowering: April ~ May
Habitat: Road sides, edges of fields, old home sites, grave yards
Periwinkle is a low growing, introduced evergreen that can frequently be found around old home sites or graveyards. The single lavender colored flowers form in the leaf axils. The flowers are funnel shaped in the back and have 5 lobes. The flowers average about 1" wide.

The leaves of the periwinkle are dark green shiny and up to 1.5" long. The plant itself will sometimes reach heights of 8". This Photo was taken at Great Smokey Mountains National Park on April 4th.

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