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The Periwinkle (Vinca minor) is a member of the Apocynaceae or Dogbane family. It is a perennial, trailing, somewhat woody vine which can be up to 3-feet long that may form large mats. The leaves, from 1.2- to 2-inches long, are opposite, smooth, dark green and evergreen. The flowers, from 0.8- to 1.2-inches wide, arise from the leaf axis on erect stalks, and are 5-lobed, blue to lavender-blue in color. This is a widespread plant found in open woodlands, cemeteries and waste ground throughout the eastern U.S. It flowers from April to May.