Vinca major

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    Vinca major @ Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
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    Vinca major @ Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Basic information

Flower Name
Vinca major
Formal Name
Vinca major
Bigleaf periwinkle, Periwinkle Vinca major, Greater Periwinkle, Vinca major
Southern Europe and North Africa (Mediterranean)
Vines of Evergreen subshrub


What is Vinca major

Vinca major (scientific name: Vinca major) is Southern Europe to North Africa native. It is an evergreen semi shrub which is heat resistant and cold toughening cranial nature of the family Apocynaceae. The stem is initially upright, however it gradually stretches out to extend sideways. From spring to early summer, rather than year round, pale blue ~ purple or white flowers continue to bloom. The flower is cylindrical and the tip is split into five, so it looks like five valve flowers. There is a pentagonal groove in the center of the flower. The flowers bloom in 1 or 2 days, another flower blooms from one to the next. It is mainly used as a foliage plant. The leaves have shiny, egg-shaped, beautiful and variegated varieties. The genus name "Vinca" means "vincire" in Latin, "major" in species name means "bigger". Flower language is "childhood friend". Will it be derived that flowers blooming densely and blooming are linked to memories that they have handed around and played around as a child? It is used for the ground cover of flower beds, planters, hanging pots, etc. It is toxic, although it is toxic, although it is toxic to all herbs. The genus name is only Vinca-Major, and compared with the same Vinca minor , it has large flowers and leaves, strong in heat, and fertile. The flower diameter of Major is 4 to 5 cm and there are hair on the calyx and the leaf edge. The diameter of the flower of the three-nor is 2 to 2.5 cm, and there is no hair on the calyx and the leaf edge.

Detailed information

V. major
Flower language
Childhood friend (Feb 24, Apr 10)
Flower type
Actinomorphic Flower
Flower array
Solitary Inflorescence
Petal shape
Leaf type
Leaf edge
Entire Fringe
Flowering place
Blue, Violet, White
10 ~ 60 [cm]
4 ~ 5

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