NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF UKRAINE
State Museum of Natural History
Biodiversity Data Centre

Vinca herbacea Waldst. & Kit.

Synonym
  • Vinca bottae Jaub. & Spach
  • Vinca haussknechtii Bornm. & Sint. ex Bornm.
  • Vinca libanotica Zucc.
  • Vinca mixta Velen.
  • Vinca pumila E.D. Clarke
  • Vinca semidesertorum Ponert
  • Vinca sessilifolia A. DC.
Vernacular Name
Herbaceous Periwinkle
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Conservation status
Reg
Value of species
Medicinal plant; Ornamental species
Remarks
Detail
A flowering plant native to eastern and southeastern Europe, from Austria south to Greece, and east to the Crimea, and also in northern Western Asia, in the Caucasus and Alborz mountains. Vinca herbacea is a herbaceous perennial growing as a trailing vine, spreading along the ground and rooting along the stems to form clonal colonies, growing up to 10–20 centimetres (3.9–7.9 in) high. The leaves are opposite, lanceolate, 1–5 centimetres (0.39–1.97 in) long and 0.2–3 centimetres (0.079–1.181 in) broad, glossy green with an entire margin, and nearly sessile with only a very short petiole. The flowers are produced in late summer, blue-violet or occasionally white, 2.5–3.5 centimetres (0.98–1.38 in) diameter, with a five-lobed corolla. Vinca herbacea is occasionally grown as an ornamental plant in temperate climate gardens, as a rock garden plant.
Book reference
Experts
  • Alexander KUZYARIN, Dr, e-mail: kuzyarin@gmail.com

Taxonomic branch

Biota
Eukaryota
Plantae
Viridiplantae
Tracheophyta
Euphyllophytina
Magnoliopsida
Gentianales
Apocynaceae