Perhaps Periwinkle?

Posted Sat 18 February 2017 in garden

I've been trying to find out what the evergreen creeping plant was. This one here:


It looks like it is going to be a lot of trouble and so I've already removed a lot of it. I am sure it will grow back again though.

After doing a lot of searches an looking at a lot of pictures I've finally hit upon something that I think it might be.

So it seems to fit the description of Vinca Minor or the lesser periwinkle. From that article its features are:

  • Trailing - yes
  • Rooting along the stems - yes, as I was pulling it up it was clearly rooting where a stem hit the ground.
  • Not climbing or twining - yes its not attached to the fence or wrapped around the branches of the nearby tree.
  • Leaves evergreen - yes
  • Leaves opposite - yes
  • Leaves 2 to 4.5 cm - yes at the larger end of that range
  • Leaves glossy dark green with leathery texture, no hairs around the edge - yes

Finally they have blue flowers, will have to wait to see if this is the case and finally confirm (or not!) the identification.

Posted by Steve

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