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Bigleaf Periwinkle, Large Periwinkle, Greater Periwinkle - Vinca major

Family: Apocynaceae - Dogbane family Genus Common Name: Periwinkle Native Status: Introduced
Vinca major - Bigleaf Periwinkle, Large Periwinkle, Greater Periwinkle. Periwinkle, both Vinca major and Vinca minor are introduced species which escaped from gardens and have become fairly widely naturalized. V. major has larger leaves than V. minor as well as a larger blossom. V. Minor blossom is usually an inch across or smaller, while V. major may be 1.5 to 2 inches wide.
Vinca major

Distribution of Vinca major in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 25 Feb 2018). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: Pigeon Mountain - East, Walker County GA Date: 2010-March-30Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson f/3.2 ISO100
Bigleaf Periwinkle has dark green glossy, opposite leaves on a plant to 18 inches high, with a blue/lavender blossom.
Vinca major

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