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Greater Periwinkle (Vinca major)


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A plant that is not native but usually a garden escape. A shrub with trailing ascending stems; 1-3 feet long, its evergreen leaves are dark green and bigger than that of vinca minor. It has solitary violet/purple flowers at the end of the stem. It flowers from April to June. The greater periwinkle contains alkaloids and is poisonous but substances from the plant are used to treat excessive bleeding and in chemotherapy. Picture taken at Stevington Railway Cutting 17th May 2006

21st May 2006 by Diane Earl

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