Vinca minor

Vinca minor

Family: Dogbane (Apocynaceae)
AKA: Myrtle, Common Periwinkle, Lesser Periwinkle
Photo taken on: May 10, 2016
Location: Abiquiu, NM
Life Zones: Plains to foothills
Habitat: Shady areas, woods

This is a native of Europe and an escapee from cultivation in the US and can be invasive. It grows to 8" high and 3 feet wide creeping and climbing in dense patches. The leaves are glossy, leathery and evergreen. The flower is 1" across with five petals that can be blue, lavender or white.

Blue/Purple Single Flowers