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Plant Search > Greater Periwinkle

Greater Periwinkle (Vinca major)

About Greater Periwinkle

Greater Periwinkle is a Vine. Vines are either woody or herbaceous plants that climb or sprawl.

Plant Names (Nomenclature)

Common Plant Name Greater Periwinkle
Scientific Plant Name Vinca major
Other Common Names Bigleaf Periwinkle
Other Scientific Names
Common Family Name Dogbane
Scientific Family Name Apocynaceae

Origin

Native Status U.S. Introduction Alien Species: Introduced to Kansas and the United States.

Growth Characteristics

Growth Habit/Form Vine Vines are either woody or herbaceous plants that climb or sprawl.
Life Span Perennial Perennials are herbaceous plants that live three or more years
Maximum Height 0.5 feet height in feet
Maximum Spread 10.0 feet width in feet
Flower Color Blue, Violet colors of the flowers
Flowering Season April - May typical months to expect blooms
Reproduction Vegetative methods of reproduction

Growth Requirements

Sun Exposure Part Sun Shade Full Sun: direct sun 8 or more hours of the day
Part Sun: direct sun 4 to 8 hours of the day; about half a day of sun
Shade: direct sun 0 to 4 hours of the day
Soil Moisture Moist to Medium Wet: Soil is soggy or marshy
Moist: Soil tends to stay moist and rarely dries out
Medium: Average soil moisture, little or now slope
Drained: Soil is well drained, never soggy; medium slope
Dry: Soil is dry, often typical of rocky soil; steep slope

Images

Images of the plants' flowers, fruits, seeds, leaves, and stems are shown as all are useful in identifying plants.

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