Vinca major from Kris in SC

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Growing beside the road in from of our house.
Under large old white oak.
Dies back in winter.
No thorns

Hi Kris,

this is a commonly grown groundcover flower known as periwinkle, and this is a variegated variety. It is robust, so I would call it Vinca major.  More commonly grown is Vinca minor which is essentially completely prostrate.  In a second image that you sent you also had a wild black cherry tree in flower, Prunus serotina. Periwinkle is an introduced plant and it can spread quite a bit.  It is usually evergreen, however.



Dr. Steven Hill, Botanist, SCNPS


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