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Periwinkle Vinca minor
grows as a woody groundcover and is known for its glossy, evergreen leaves
which are arranged oppositely on the stems. A native of Europe, periwinkle
has been widely planted in gardens, homesteads and cemeteries. Although
it produces light blue, star-like flowers in the early spring, it is not
known to spread by seed. However, it does spread by rhizomes (underground
stems). Small plantings made decades ago in some pioneer cemeteries have
persisted and now completely cover the cemetery and adjacent woodlands.
The waxy layer on the leaves makes them especially resistant to herbicides.
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