Vinca minor L.

Lesser Periwinkle

Sp. Pl. 1: 209 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Trailing evergreen with tough stems rooting at nodes; flowering stems ascending. Leaves oblong, ovate or elliptic, 1–4.5 cm long, 0.5–2.5 cm wide, glossy, apex acute, base rounded or cuneate, margins not ciliate, both surfaces glabrous; petiole to 10 mm long. Flowers white, purplish-red or bluish-violet; pedicels 1–2.5 cm long, erect; sepals narrowly elliptic, 3–5 mm long, not ciliate; corolla tube 9–11 mm long; corolla-lobes obliquely truncate, 8–15 mm long, spreading. Follicles 3.5–4 cm long, paired, tapering, beaked, seldom fruiting; seeds many per follicle. Recorded flowering Sep.–Jan. in Victoria.

*HSF, *VAlp. Native to Europe. A garden escape in the Dandenong Ranges at Sherbrooke and at Falls Creek.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-05-18
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Gentianales
family Apocynaceae
genus Vinca
Higher taxa
species Vinca minor L.


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Vinca minor in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Vinca minor in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Victorian Alps present introduced

State distribution

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South Australia